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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 Complex Language: An Inquiry into the Evolutionary Beginnings of Sentences, Syllables, and Truth
Written By: Andrew D. Carstairs-McCarthy

This book proposes a new theory of the origins of human language ability and presents an original account of the early evolution of language. It explains why humans are the only language-using animals, challenges the assumption that language is a consequence of intelligence, and offers a new perspective on human uniqueness. Brilliantly executed, this book draws on evidence from archaeology, linguistics, cognitive science and evolutionary biology.

Publication Year: 1999
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0198238215
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 272 p
Prices: $19.95

Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0198238223
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 272 p
Prices: $80.00