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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: Gesture and the Dynamic Dimension of Language
Subtitle: Essays in honor of David McNeill
Edited By: Susan D. Duncan
Justine Cassell
Elena T. Levy
Series Title: Gesture Studies 1

Each of the 21 chapters in this volume reflects a view of language as a
dynamic phenomenon with emergent structure, and in each, gesture is
approached as part of language, not an adjunct to it. In this, all of the
authors have been influenced by David McNeill's methods for studying
natural discourse and by his theory of the human capacity for language. The
introductory chapter by Adam Kendon contextualizes McNeill's research
paradigm within a history of earlier gesture studies. Chapters in the first
section, Language and Cognition, emphasize what McNeill refers to as the
intrapersonal plane. Many of the chapters adduce evidence for McNeill's
claim that gestures can serve as a window onto the speaker's mind. Chapters
in the second section, Environmental Context and Sociality, emphasize the
interpersonal plane and exemplify McNeill's focus on how moment-to-moment
language use is determined by contextual factors. The final section of the
volume, Atypical Minds and Bodies, concerns lessons to be learned from
studies of aphasic patients, autistic children, and artificial humans.

Publication Year: 2007
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics
Cognitive Science
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027228418
ISBN-13: 9789027228413
Pages: 337
Prices: U.S. $ 134.00