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It's Been Said Before

By Orin Hargraves

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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: Verb Meaning and the Lexicon
Subtitle: A First Phase Syntax
Written By: Gillian Catriona Ramchand
Series Title: Cambridge Studies in Linguistics 116

The relationship between the meaning of words and the structure of
sentences is an important area of research in linguistics. Studying the
connections between lexical conceptual meaning and event structural
relations, this book arrives at a modular classification of verb types
within English and across languages. Ramchand argues that lexical
encyclopedic content and event structural aspects of meaning need to be
systematically distinguished, and that thematic and aspectual relations
belong to the latter domain of meaning. The book proposes a syntactic
decompositional view of core verbal meaning, and sets out to account for
the variability and systematicity of argument structure realisation across
verb types. It also proposes an interesting view of lexical insertion.

Publication Year: 2011
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Morphology
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0521182344
ISBN-13: 9780521182348
Prices: U.K. £ 27.99
U.S. $ 45.00