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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 Representation and Processing of Compound Words
Edited By: Gary Libben
Gonia Jarema-Arvanitakis

This book presents new work on the psycholinguistics and neurolinguistics
of compound words. It shows the insights this work offers on natural
language processing and the relation between language, mind, and memory.
Compounding is an easy and effective way to create and transfer meanings.
By building new lexical items based on the meanings of existing items,
compounds can usually be understood on first presentation, though - as,
say, breadboard, cardboard, cupboard, and sandwich-board show - the rules
governing the relations between the components' meanings are not always

Compound words are segmentable into their constituent morphemes in much the
same way as sentences can be divided into their constituent words: children
and adults would not otherwise find them interpretable. But compound
sequences may also be independent lexical items that can be retrieved for
production as single entities and whose idiosyncratic meanings are stored
in the mind. Compound words reflect the properties both of linguistic
representation in the mind and of grammatical processing. They thus offer
opportunities for investigating key aspects of the mental operations
involved in language: for example, the interplay between storage and
computation; the manner in which morphological and semantic factors impact
on the nature of storage; and the way the mind's computational processes
serve on-line language comprehension and production. This book explores the
nature of these opportunities, assesses what is known, and considers what
may yet be discovered and how.

Publication Year: 2005
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Psycholinguistics
Cognitive Science
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0199285063
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 258
Prices: U.K. £ 45.00
U.S. $ 85.00