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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: Language, Usage and Cognition
Written By: Joan L. Bybee

Language demonstrates structure while also showing considerable variation
at all levels: languages differ from one another while still being shaped
by the same principles; utterances within a language differ from one
another while exhibiting the same structural patterns; languages change
over time, but in fairly regular ways. This book focuses on the dynamic
processes that create languages and give them their structure and variance.
It outlines a theory of language that addresses the nature of grammar,
taking into account its variance and gradience, and seeks explanation in
terms of the recurrent processes that operate in language use. The evidence
is based on the study of large corpora of spoken and written language, what
we know about how languages change, as well as the results of experiments
with language users. The result is an integrated theory of language use and
language change which has implications for cognitive processing and
language evolution.

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
Historical Linguistics
Cognitive Science
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0521851408
ISBN-13: 9780521851404
Prices: U.K. £ 60.00
U.S. $ 99.00

Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0521616832
ISBN-13: 9780521616836
Prices: U.K. £ 21.99
U.S. $ 39.99