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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: Split Auxiliary Systems
Subtitle: A cross-linguistic perspective
Edited By: Raul Aranovich
Series Title: Typological Studies in Language 69

The alternation between the auxiliaries 'be' and 'have', which this
collection examines, is often discussed in connection with generative
analyses of split intransitivity. But this book's purpose is to place the
phenomenon in a broader context. Well-known facts in the Romance and
Germanic language families are extended with data from lesser studied
languages and dialects (Romanian, Paduan), and also with experimental and
historical data. Moreover, the book goes beyond the usual language families
in which the phenomenon has been studied, with the inclusion of two
chapters on Chinese and Korean. The theoretical background of the
contributors is also broad, ranging from current Generative approaches to
Cognitive and Optimality-Theoretical frameworks. Readers interested in the
structural, historical, developmental, or experimental aspects of auxiliary
selection should profit from this book's comprehensive empirical coverage
and from the plurality of contemporary linguistic analyses it contains.

Publication Year: 2007
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Syntax
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027229813
ISBN-13: 9789027229816
Pages: 284
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