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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: 200 Years of Syntax: A critical survey
Subtitle: Studies in the History of the Language Sciences 98
Written By: Giorgio Graffi

This book argues convincingly against the widespread opinion that very few syntactic studies were carried out before the 1950s. Relying on the detailed analysis of a large amount of original sources, it shows that syntactic matters were in fact carefully investigated throughout both the 19th century and during the first half of the 20th century. Moreover, it illustrates how the enormous development of syntactic research in the last fifty years has already condemned even several recent ideas and analyses to oblivion, and deeply influenced current research programs.

The wealth of research undertaken over the last two centuries is presented here in a systematic way, taking as its starting point the relationship of syntax with psychology throughout this period. The critical ideas expressed in the text are based on a detailed illustration of the different syntactic models and analyses rather than on the polemics between the different schools.

Publication Year: 2001
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Syntax
History of Linguistics
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1588110524
ISBN-13: 9781588110527
Pages: 551
Prices: U.S. $ 189
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027245878
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 551
Prices: NLG 250.00