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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: The World Atlas of Language Structures
Edited By: Martin Haspelmath
Matthew S. Dryer
David Gil
Bernard Comrie

The World Atlas of Language Structures is a book and CD combination
displaying the structural properties of the world's languages. 142 world
maps and numerous regional maps - all in color - display the geographical
distribution of features of pronunciation and grammar, such as number of
vowels, tone systems, gender, plurals, tense, word order, and body part
terminology. Each world map shows an average of 400 languages and is
accompanied by a fully referenced description of the structural feature in
question. The CD provides an interactive electronic version of the database
which allows the reader to zoom in on or customize the maps, to display
bibliographical sources, and to establish correlations between features.
The book and the CD together provide an indispensable source of information
for linguists and others seeking to understand human languages. The Atlas
will be especially valuable for linguistic typologists, grammatical
theorists, historical and comparative linguists, and for those studying a
region such as Africa, Southeast Asia, North America, Australia, and
Europe. It will also interest anthropologists and geographers. More than
fifty authors from many different countries have collaborated to produce a
work that sets new standards in comparative linguistics.

No institution involved in language research can afford to be without it.

Publication Year: 2005
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
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Format: CD
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Prices: U.S. $ free
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0199255911
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Pages: 712
Prices: U.S. $ 495.00