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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 Grammar of Space
Written By: Soteria Svorou

This volume examines the way human beings experience space and the way it is encoded grammatically in language. Basing her observations on 26 unrelated languages, the author centers the research on the encoding and expression of spatial relations around the emergence and evolution of spatial "grams," and the semantic and morphosyntactic characteristics of two types of spatial grams, which are shown to be similar for all languages, not only for the expression of spatial relations, but also for temporal and other non-spatial relations. Motivation for these similarities may lie in the way we, as human beings, experience the world, which is constrained by our physical configuration and neurophysiological apparatus, as well as our individual cultures.

Publication Year: 1994
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 1556194153
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Pages: 290
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027229120
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1556194145
ISBN-13: 9781556194146
Prices: U.S. $ 169