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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: The Transition to Language
Edited By: Alison Wray

Linguists, biological anthropologists, and cognitive scientists come together in this book to explore the origins and early evolution of phonology, syntax, and semantics. They consider the nature of pre- and proto-linguistic communication, the internal and external triggers that led to its transformation into language, and whether and how language may be considered to have evolved after its inception. Evidence is drawn from many domains, including computer simulations of language emergence, the songs of finches, problem-solving abilities in monkeys, sign language, and the structure of languages today.

Publication Year: 2002
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0199250650
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 424 pp
Prices: $ 85.00

Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0199250669
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 424 pp
Prices: $ 27.95