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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: Number
Written By: Greville G. Corbett
Series Title: Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics

Number is the most underestimated of the grammatical categories. It is deceptively simple yet distinctions in number (as in cat versus cats ) vary considerably from language to language. Some languages, for instance, make more distinctions than English, having three, four or even five different values. This book draws on examples from many languages to analyze the possibilities and reveals that the world's linguistic resources are richer than even many linguists realize. It is intended for linguistic students and teachers and is an ideal entry to linguistic typology. "This book is another magnum opus by Corbett, to add to his earlier books on agreement and gender. It develops arguments from these works, while also breaking completely new ground. Number will be of great interest to all linguists, and also those from outside the field. Corbett is to be congratulated...and his next magnum opus will be awaited with eager anticipation." Canadian Slavonic Papers

Publication Year: 2000
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Typology
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0521640164
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 378
Prices: U.S. $ 75.00
U.K. £ 47.50

Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0521649706
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 378
Prices: U.S. $ 27.00
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