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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.

Academic Paper

Title: 'What do you want me to say?' On the Conversation Analysis approach to bilingual interaction
Author: Li Wei
Linguistic Field: Applied Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; Semantics
Abstract: Is language simply a medium for the expression of intentions, motives, or interests, or is it also a site for uncovering the method through which ordered activity is generated?
This question has wide-ranging implications for the study of bilingual interaction in particular, and for sociolinguistics generally. This article attempts to explicate the principles behind the Conversation Analysis (CA) approach to bilingual interaction. It addresses some of the criticisms that have been leveled against the CA approach, using both new data and new
analyses of previously published examples. (Keywords: Conversation Analysis, bilingual interaction, code-switching).


This article appears IN Language in Society Vol. 31, Issue 2.

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