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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: Typology and Universals (2nd edition)
Written By: William Croft
Series Title: Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics

Comparison of the grammars of human languages reveals systematic patterns
of variation. Typology and universals research uncovers those patterns to
formulate universal constraints on language and seek their exploration. In
this essential textbook, William Croft presents a comprehensive
introduction to the method and theory used in studying typology and
universals. The theoretical issues discussed range from the most
fundamental to the most abstract. The book provides students and
researchers with extensive examples of language universals in phonology,
morphology, syntax and semantics. This second edition has been thoroughly
rewritten and updated to reflect advances in typology and universals in the
past decade, including: new methodologies such as the semantic map model
and questions of syntactic argumentation; discussion of current debates
over deeper explanations for specific classes of universals; and comparison
of the typological and generative approaches to language.

Publication Year: 2002
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Typology
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0521808847
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 368
Prices: U.S. $ 65
U.K. £ 47.50