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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: Gesturecraft
Subtitle: The manu-facture of meaning
Written By: Jürgen K Streeck
Series Title: Gesture Studies 2

The craft of gesture is part of the practical equipment with which we
inhabit and understand the world together. Drawing on micro-ethnographic
research in diverse interaction settings, this book explores the
communicative ecologies in which hand-gestures appear: illuminating the
world around us, depicting it, making sense of it, and symbolizing the
interaction process itself. Gesture is analyzed as embodied communicative
action grounded in the hands' practical and cognitive engagements with
material worlds. The book responds to the quest for the role of the human
body in cognition and interaction with an analytic perspective informed by
phenomenology, conversation analysis, context analysis, praxeology, and
cognitive science. Many of the cross-linguistic video-data of everyday
interaction investigated in its chapters are available online.

Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027228426
ISBN-13: 9789027228420
Prices: Europe EURO 90.00
U.S. $ 135.00
Format: Electronic
ISBN-13: 9789027289827
Prices: Europe EURO 90.00
U.S. $ 135.00