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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: Language, Bananas and Bonobos
Written By: Neil Smith

How can people who are both blind and deaf communicate? What makes
Woody Allen funny? Is it normal to hear colors and see sounds? If questions like these have puzzled you, this book of essays on the nature of language will quench your curiosity.
Language pervades every aspect of life. It is essential to everyone everywhere - from politicians to poets, philosophers to pharmacists - yet linguistics is often forbidding. This collection of short, accessible essays changes that. Language, Bananas, and Bonobos presents a series of engaging reflections on concerns such as our knowledge and use of language, political correctness, and the linguistic abilities of chimpanzees. In doing so, the volume provides new insights into this subject of universal interest.


1. How to be the Center of the Universe.

Part I: Problems:
2. Tadoma.
3. Putting a Banana in Your Ear.
4. A Fragment of Genius.
5. Colourful Language.
6. The Structure of Noise.
7. Dissociations.

Part II: Puzzles:
8. Puzzle.
9. PC.
10. Acquired Whining.
11. Godshit.
12. The Golem.
13. $.

Part III: Polemics:
14. Bonobos.
15. Whales, Sunflowers and the Evolution of Language.
16. Jackdaws, Sex and Language Acquisition.
17. Does Chomsky Exist?
18. Relentless Jollity, Inexorable Logic and the Nature of Mind.
19. Structural Eccentricities.
20. The Velarity of Linguists.

Publication Year: 2001
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
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Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0631228713
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 160
Prices: U.S. $ 59.95
U.K. £ 45.00

Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0631228721
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 160
Prices: U.S. $ 21.95
U.K. £ 14.99