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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: Collocational and Idiomatic Aspects of Composite Predicates in the History of English
Edited By: Minoji Akimoto
Laurel J. Brinton
Series Title: Studies in Language Companion Series 47

The focus of this carefully selected volume concerns the existence, frequency, and form of composite/complex predicates (the "take a look" construction) in earlier periods of the English language, an area of scholarship which has been virtually neglected. The various contributions seek to understand the collocational and idiomatic aspects of these structures, as well as of related structures such as complex prepositions (e.g., "on account of") and phrasal verbs (e.g., "look up"), in their earliest manifestations. Moreover, study of these constructions at the individual stages of English leads to diachronic questions concerning their development, raising issues pertaining to grammaticalization, lexicalization, and idiomaticization-processes which are not always clearly differentiated nor fully understood.

Publication Year: 1999
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Subject Language(s): English
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1556199333
ISBN-13: 9781556199332
Prices: U.S. $ 149
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027230501
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Prices: NLG 178.00