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It's Been Said Before

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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: Constructions and Language Change
Edited By: Alexander Th. Bergs
Gabriele Diewald
Series Title: Trends in Linguistics. Studies and Monographs [TiLSM] 194

Studies in diachronic linguistics increasingly acknowledge that linguistic
change is highly context-dependent and somehow tied to constructions as
linguistic units. This is the first volume to investigate the role of
constructions and the potential of constructional approaches in linguistic
change. The contributions in this volume comprise both theoretical and
empirical studies, all of which are accessible for a general audience.
While some contributions explicitly aim at comparing and unifying concepts
from both traditional grammatical theories and recent construction grammar
approaches, others offer detailed case studies of exemplary problems from a
constructional point of view. The papers offer a cross-linguistic
perspective and deal with a number of different language families, ranging
from Germanic to Austronesian.

Publication Year: 2008
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Linguistic Theories
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 3110198665
ISBN-13: 9783110198669
Pages: 271
Prices: Europe EURO 98.00
U.S. $ 157.00