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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: Understanding Figurative Language: From Metaphors to Idioms
Written By: Sam Glucksberg
Series Title: Oxford Psychology Series

This book examines how people understand utterances that are intended figuratively. Traditionally, figurative language such as metaphor and idiom has been considered derivative from more complex than straightforward literal language. Glucksberg argues that figurative language involves the same kinds of linguistic and pragmatic operations that are used for ordinary, literal language.

Publication Year: 2001
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Psycholinguistics
Cognitive Science
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0195111095
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 144
Prices: £17.95