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It's Been Said Before

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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: The Syntax of Silence
Subtitle: Sluicing, Islands, and the Theory of Ellipsis
Written By: Jason Merchant
Series Title: Oxford Studies in Theoretical Linguistics 1

A primary goal of contemporary theoretical linguistics is to develop a
theory of the correspondence between sound (or gesture) and meaning. This
sound-meaning correspondence breaks down completely in the case of
ellipsis, and yet various forms of ellipsis are pervasive in natural
language: words and phrases which should be in the linguistic signal go
missing. How this should be possible is the focus of Jason Merchant's
investigation. He focuses on the form of ellipsis known as sluicing, a
common feature of interrogative clauses, such as in 'Sally's out hunting
-guess what!'; and 'Someone called, but I can't tell you who'. It is the
most frequently found cross-linguistic form of ellipsis. Dr Merchant
studies the phenomenon across twenty-four languages, and attempts to
explain it in linguistic and behavioural terms.

Publication Year: 2001
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Semantics
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0199243735
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 278
Prices: U.K. £ 65.00

Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0199243727
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 278
Prices: U.K. £ 21.99