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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: Epistemic Modality, Language, and Conceptualization
Subtitle: A cognitive-pragmatic perspective
Written By: Jan Nuyts
Series Title: Human Cognitive Processing 5

The relationship between language and conceptualization remains one of the major puzzles in language research. This monograph addresses this issue by means of an in depth corpus based and experimental investigation of the major types of expressions of epistemic modality in Dutch, German and English. By adopting a systematic functional orientation, the book explains a whole range of peculiarities of epistemic expression forms (synchronically and diachronically), and it offers a clear perspective on which cognitive systems are needed to get from the concept of epistemic modality to its linguistic expression. On that basis the author postulates a sophisticated, layered view of human conceptualization. This book is of interest both to scholars working on modality and related semantic dimensions, and to the interdisciplinary field of researchers concerned with the cognitive systems involved in language use.

Publication Year: 2001
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Semantics
Cognitive Science
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 155619983X
ISBN-13: 9781556199837
Pages: xx, 429
Prices: U.S. $ 169
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027223572
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: xx, 429
Prices: Europe EURO 110.00