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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 Morphology of Chinese
Subtitle: A Linguistic and Cognitive Approach
Written By: Jerome L. Packard

This ground breaking study dispels the common belief that Chinese 'doesn't
have words' but instead 'has characters'. Jerome Packard's book provides a
comprehensive discussion of the linguistic and cognitive nature of Chinese
words. It shows that Chinese, far from being 'morphologically
impoverished', has a different morphological system because it selects
different 'settings' on parameters shared by all languages. The analysis of
Chinese word formation therefore enhances our understanding of word
universals. Packard describes the intimate relationship between words and
their components, including how the identities of Chinese morphemes are
word-driven, and offers new insights into the evolution of morphemes based
on Chinese data. Models are offered for how Chinese words are stored in the
mental lexicon and processed in natural speech, showing that much of what
native speakers know about words occurs innately in the form of a
hard-wired, specifically linguistic 'program' in the brain.

Publication Year: 2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
Subject Language(s): Chinese, Mandarin
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0521026105
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 351
Prices: U.S. $ 50.00
U.K. £ 29.00