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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: Cognitive Linguistics
Written By: William Croft
Alan D. Cruse
Series Title: Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics

Cognitive Linguistics argues that language is governed by general cognitive
principles, rather than by a special-purpose language module. This
introductory textbook surveys the field of cognitive linguistics as a
distinct area of study, presenting its theoretical foundations and the
arguments supporting it. Clearly organised and accessibly written, it
provides a useful introduction to the relationship between language and
cognitive processing in the human brain. It covers the main topics likely
to be encountered in a course or seminar, and provides a synthesis of study
and research in this fast-growing field of linguistics. The authors begin
by explaining the conceptual structures and cognitive processes governing
linguistic representation and behaviour, and go on to explore cognitive
approaches to lexical semantics, as well as syntactic representation and
analysis, focusing on the closely related frameworks of cognitive grammar
and construction grammar. This much-needed introduction will be welcomed by
students in linguistics and cognitive science.

Publication Year: 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0521667704
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 372
Prices: U.K. £ 18.99
U.S. $ 27.00