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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: Optimality Theory
Subtitle: An Overview
Edited By: Diana Archangeli
D. Terence Langendoen
Series Title: Explaining Linguistics

This volume provides the first survey of optimality theory -- arguably the linguistic theory of the 1990s. As a general model, optimality theory has wide applications to a variety of areas in cognitive science, and especially to those related to language: acquisition, production, perception, and deficits.

The book leads the reader to an understanding of optimality theory via the exploration and resolution of specific problems in phonology, morphology, and syntax, but presumes virtually no background knowledge in linguistics. Contributors include Diana Archangeli, Michael Hammond, Douglas Pulleybank, Kevin Russel, and David Pesetsky, and Margaret Speas.

Taken together, it will be essential reading for advanced undergraduates, graduates and researchers in linguistics and cognitive science.

Publication Year: 1997
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
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Linguistic Field(s): Phonetics
Subject Language(s): English
Language Family(ies): New English
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0631202250
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 240
Prices: U.K. £ 60.00
U.S. $ 90.95