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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: Why We Talk
Subtitle: The Evolutionary Origins of Language
Written By: Jean-Louis Dessalles
Translated By: James Grieve
Series Title: Studies in the Evolution of Language

Constant exchange of information is integral to our societies. Jean-Louis
Dessalles explores how this came into being. He develops a view of language
as an instrument for conversation rather than mental representation and
thought. Presenting language evolution as a natural history of
conversation, the author sheds light on the emergence of communication in
the hominine congregations, as well as on the human nature.

Publication Year: 2007
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
Anthropological Linguistics
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0199276234
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 400
Prices: U.K. £ 35.00