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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: Mappings in Thought and Language
Written By: Gilles Fauconnier

Meaning in everyday thought and language is constructed at lightning speed.
We are not conscious of the staggering complexity of the cognitive
operations that drive our simplest behavior. This book reveals the
creativity that underlies our effortless use of language in everyday life,
when we engage in conversation, understand humor, or solve puzzles. The
capacities and principles that we develop from infancy for ordinary
thinking and talking are also the ones that drive scientific and artistic
thought, high-level reasoning, and conceptual change.

Publication Year: 1997
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science
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