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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 Language of Memory in a Crosslinguistic Perspective
Edited By: Mengistu Amberber
Series Title: Human Cognitive Processing 21

This book offers, for the first time, a detailed comparative study of how
speakers of different languages express memory concepts. While there is a
robust body of psycholinguistic research that bears on how memory and
language are related, there is no comparative study of how speakers
themselves conceptualize memory as reflected in their use of language to
talk about memory. This book addresses a key question: how do speakers of
different languages talk about the experience of having prior experiences
coming to mind ('remembering') or failing to come to mind ('forgetting')? A
complex array of answers is provided through detailed grammatical and
semantic investigation of different languages, including English, German,
Polish, Russian and also a number of non-Indo-European languages, Amharic,
Cree, Dalabon, Korean, and Mandarin. In addition, the book calls for a
broader interdisciplinary engagement by urging that cognitive semantics be
integrated with other sciences of memory.

Publication Year: 2007
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
Anthropological Linguistics
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027223750
ISBN-13: 9789027223753
Prices: Europe EURO 105.00
U.S. $ 142.00