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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: Changing Valency
Subtitle: Case Studies in Transitivity
Edited By: R. M. W. Dixon
Chia-jung Pan

Note: This is a new version of a previously announced book.

This book provides a general perspective on valency-changing mechanisms -
passives, antipassives, causatives, applicatives - in the languages of the
world. It contains a comprehensive typology of causatives by R. M. W.
Dixon, and detailed descriptions of valency-changing mechanisms in ten
individual languages by leading scholars, based on original fieldwork. The
sample languages span five continents and every kind of structural profile.
Each contributor draws out the theoretical status and implications of
valency-changing derivations in their language of study, and the relevant
parameters are drawn together, and typological possibilities delineated, in
the editors’ introduction. The volume, originally published in 2000, will
interest typologists, those working in the fields of morphosyntactic
variation and lexical semantics, and exponents of formal theories engaging
with the range of linguistic diversity found in natural language.

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Morphology
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780521135207
Prices: U.K. £ 23.99
U.S. $ 43.00