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It's Been Said Before

By Orin Hargraves

It's Been Said Before "examines why certain phrases become clichés and why they should be avoided -- or why they still have life left in them."

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Sounds Fascinating

By J. C. Wells

How do you pronounce biopic, synod, and Breughel? - and why? Do our cake and archaic sound the same? Where does the stress go in stalagmite? What's odd about the word epergne? As a finale, the author writes a letter to his 16-year-old self.

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Title: The Development of Standard English
Edited By: Laura Wright

This book traces the development of Standard English, revealing a complex
and intriguing history that challenges the usual textbook accounts. Leading
scholars offer a wide-ranging analysis, from theoretical discussions of the
origin of dialects, to detailed descriptions of the history of individual
Standard English features. Ranging from Middle English to the Modern
English period, the volume concludes that Standard English had no one
single ancestor dialect, but is the cumulative result of generations of
authoritative writing from many text types.

Publication Year: 2000
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Subject Language(s): English
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