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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: Dynamics of Language Contact
Subtitle: English and Immigrant Languages
Series Title: Cambridge Approaches to Language Contact

The past decade has seen an unprecedented growth in the study of language contact, associated partly with the linguistic effects of globalization and increased migration all over the world. Written by a leading expert in the field, this new and much-needed account brings together disparate findings to examine the dynamics of contact between languages in an immigrant context. Using data from a wide range of languages, including German, Dutch, Hungarian, Italian, Spanish, Croatian and Vietnamese, Michael Clyne discusses the dynamics of their contact with English. Clyne analyzes how and why these languages change in an immigration country like Australia, and asks why some languages survive longer than others. The book contains useful comparisons between immigrant vintages, generations, and between bilinguals and trilinguals. An outstanding contribution to the study of language contact, this book will be welcomed by students and researchers in linguistics, bilingualism, the sociology of language and education.

Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0521781361
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 298
Prices: U.S. $ 65
U.K. £ 47.5

Format: Paperback
ISBN: 052178648
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 298
Prices: U.S. $ 24.00
U.K. £ 16.95