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It's Been Said Before

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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: Irony in Language and Thought
Subtitle: A Cognitive Science Reader
Edited By: Raymond W Gibbs
Herbert L. Colston

Irony in Language and Thought assembles an interdisciplinary collection of
seminal empirical and theoretical papers on irony in language and thought
into one comprehensive book. A much-needed resource in the area of
figurative language, this volume centers on a theme from cognitive science
- that irony is a fundamental way of thinking about the human experience.
The editors lend perspective in the form of opening and closing chapters,
which enable readers to see how such works have furthered the field, as
well as to inspire present and future scholars.

Featured articles focus on the following topics:

-theories of irony, addressing primarily comprehension of its verbal form;
-context in irony comprehension;
-social functions of irony;
-the development of irony understanding; and
-situational irony.

Scholars and students in psychology, linguistics, philosophy, literature,
anthropology, artificial intelligence, art, and communications will
consider this book an excellent resource. It serves as an ideal supplement
in courses that present major ideas in language and thought.

Publication Year: 2007
Publisher: Routledge (Taylor and Francis)
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Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0805860614
ISBN-13: 9780805860610
Pages: 624
Prices: U.S. $ 180.00

Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0805860622
ISBN-13: 9780805860627
Pages: 624
Prices: U.S. $ 59.95