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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: Lexical Meaning
Written By: M. Lynne Murphy

The ideal introduction for students of semantics, Lexical Meaning fills the gap
left by more general semantics textbooks, providing the teacher and the
student with insights into word meaning beyond the traditional overviews of
lexical relations. The book explores the relationship between word meanings
and syntax and semantics more generally. It provides a balanced overview of
the main theoretical approaches, along with a lucid explanation of their
relative strengths and weaknesses. After covering the main topics in lexical
meaning, such as polysemy and sense relations, the textbook surveys the
types of meanings represented by different word classes. It explains abstract
concepts in clear language, using a wide range of examples, and includes
linguistic puzzles in each chapter to encourage the student to practise using
the concepts. ‘Adopt-a-Word' exercises give students the chance to research
a particular word, building a portfolio of specialist work on a single word.

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Semantics
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Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9780521860314
Prices: U.S. $ 110.00
U.K. £ 65.00

Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780521677646
Prices: U.K. £ 22.99
U.S. $ 37.99