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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 Twitter Machine
Written By: Neil Smith

This unique book provides an introductory overview of modern theoretical
linguistics which manages to be both accessible and humorous without
sacrificing either scholarship of insight. However profound or however
trivial the questions we raise and try answer - What exactly does one have
to know to count as a speaker of a language? What would it mean for a
language to have no vowels? Why do little children call lorries 'lollies'?
Precisely what with this sentence is wrong? - we need to recourse to a
theory even to make them coherent. In particular, the author argues that we
can find solutions to our puzzles, and explanations for these phenomena, if
we exploit on the one hand Chomsky's theory of Generative Grammar, and on
the other Sperber and Wilson's theory of Relevance.

Publication Year: 1989
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
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Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0631169261
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 275
Prices: U.S. $ 24.95