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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: The Origins of Meaning
Subtitle: Language in the Light of Evolution
Written By: James R. Hurford

In this, the first of two ground-breaking volumes on the nature of language
in the light of the way it evolved, James Hurford looks at the origins of
meaning and of its expression in language and reviews a mass of evidence to
uncover the evolutionary path between the non-speaking minds of apes and
our own speaking minds. This is a landmark contribution to the
understanding of linguistic and thinking processes, and the fullest account
yet published of the evolution of language and communication.

Publication Year: 2007
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics
Cognitive Science
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0199207852
ISBN-13: 9780199207855
Pages: 408
Prices: U.K. £ 20.00