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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: Sound Symbolism
Edited By: Leanne Hinton
Johanna Nichols
John J. Ohala

Sound symbolism is the study of the relationship between the sound of an
utterance and its meaning. In this interdisciplinary collection of new
studies, twenty-four leading scholars discuss the role of sound symbolism
in a theory of language. They consider sound symbolic processes in a wide
range of languages from Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, and North and
South America. Beginning with an evocative typology of sound symbolic
processes, they go on to examine not only the well-known areas of study,
such as onomatopoeia and size sound symbolism, but also less frequently
discussed topics such as the sound symbolic value of vocatives and of
involuntary noises, and the marginal areas of 'conventional sound
symbolism', such as phonesthemes. The book concludes with a series of
studies on the biological basis of sound symbolism, and draws comparisons
with the communication systems of other species. This is a definitive work
on the role of sound symbolism in a theory of language.

"All of the papers are sources of tantalizing, testable hypotheses... of
considerable value and evidence of a welcome renewal of interest in some
very old questions."
--Journal of Linguistic Anthropology

Publication Year: 2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Phonology
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0521026776
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 383
Prices: U.S. $ 58.00
U.K. £ 33.00