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It's Been Said Before

By Orin Hargraves

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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: More Support for <i>More</i>-Support
Subtitle: The role of processing constraints on the choice between synthetic and analytic comparative forms
Written By: Britta Mondorf
Series Title: Studies in Language Variation 4

This book provides the most comprehensive account so far of novel and
hitherto unexplained factors operative in the choice between synthetic
(prouder) and analytic (more proud ) comparatives. It argues
that the underlying motivation in using the analytic variant is to mitigate
processing demands – a compensatory strategy referred to as more
-support. The analytic variant is claimed to be better suited to
environments of increased processing complexity – presumably owing to its
ability to facilitate early phrase structure recognition, the more
transparent one-to-one relation between form and function and possibly
because the degree marker more can serve as a structural signal
foreshadowing cognitive complexity. A bird’s eye view of 24 determinants
reveals that the processing effort which triggers the analytic comparative
emanates from structures that are phonologically, morphologically,
syntactically, lexically, semantically or pragmatically complex. By
bridging the gap between corpus-based variation research and
psycholinguistic and typological approaches, the book breaks new ground in
uncovering the functional motivation behind the continued variability of
synthetic-analytic contrasts.

Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Morphology
Subject Language(s): English
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Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9789027234841
Prices: Europe EURO 95.00
U.S. $ 143.00
Format: Electronic
ISBN-13: 9789027289278
Prices: Europe EURO 95.00
U.S. $ 143.00