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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: How Words Mean
Subtitle: Lexical Concepts, Cognitive Models, and Meaning Construction
Written By: Vyvyan Evans

"How Words Mean" introduces a new approach to the role of words and other
linguistic units in the construction of meaning. It does so by addressing
the interaction between non-linguistic concepts and the meanings encoded in
language. It develops an account of how words are understood when we
produce and hear language in situated contexts of use. It proposes two
theoretical constructs, the lexical concept and the cognitive model. These
are central to the accounts of lexical representation and meaning
construction developed, giving rise to the Theory of Lexical Concepts and
Cognitive Models (or LCCM Theory).

Vyvyan Evans integrates and advances recent developments in cognitive
science, particularly in cognitive linguistics and cognitive psychology.
He builds a framework for the understanding and analysis of meaning that is
at once descriptively adequate and psychologically plausible. In so doing
he also addresses current issues in lexical semantics and semantic
compositionality, polysemy, figurative language, and the semantics of time
and space, and writes in a way that will be accessible to students of
linguistics and cognitive science at advanced undergraduate level and above.

Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0199234663
ISBN-13: 9780199234660
Pages: 320
Prices: U.S. $ 120.00

Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0199234671
ISBN-13: 9780199234677
Pages: 320
Prices: U.S. $ 44.95