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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 English Noun Phrase
Subtitle: The Nature of Linguistic Categorization
Written By: Evelien Keizer

English has an interesting variety of noun phrases, which differ greatly in
structure. Examples are 'binominal' (two-noun) phrases ('a beast of a
party'); possessive constructions ('the author's opinion'); and
discontinuous noun phrases ('the review [came out yesterday] of his
book'). How are these different noun phrases structured? How do we produce
and understand them? These questions are central to this 2007 study, which
explores the interaction between the form of noun phrases, their meaning,
and their use. It shows how, despite the need in linguistic analysis for
strict categories, many linguistic constructions in fact defy
straightforward classification - and concludes that in order to fully
explain the internal structure of utterances, we must first consider the
communicative, pragmatic and cognitive factors that come into play. Drawing
on a range of authentic examples, this book sheds light not only on the
noun phrase itself but also the nature of linguistic classification.

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
Cognitive Science
Subject Language(s): English
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780521183956
Prices: U.K. £ 28.99
U.S. $ 50.00