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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: On Conditionals
Written By: Elizabeth Closs Traugott
Alice G. Ter Meulen
Judy Snitzer Reilly
Charles A. Fergus

Note: This is the re-issue of a previously published book.

On Conditionals provides the first major cross-disciplinary account of
conditional (if-then) constructions. Conditional sentences directly reflect
the language user’s ability to reason about alternatives, uncertainties,
and unrealised contingencies. An understanding of the conceptual and
behavioural organisation involved in the construction and interpretation of
these kinds of sentences therefore provides fundamental insights into the
inferential strategies and the cognitive and linguistic processes of human
beings. The present volume brings together studies from several
perspectives - philosophical, linguistic and psychological - and aims to
emphasise the intrinsic connections between the issues to be addressed and
to point to new directions for interdisciplinary work.

Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 052111327X
ISBN-13: 9780521113274
Prices: U.K. £ 26.99
U.S. $ 50.00