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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: Western Linguistics: An Historical Introduction
Written By: Pieter A. M. Seuren

This book provides a vital student resource - a single-volume critical
survey of the complete history of Western theoretical linguistics (grammar
and semantics, including logic) from Plato till today. The volume
concentrates on those issues that are of central concern to present-day
theoretical linguistics, but also draws attention to episodes and issues
that have unjustifiably slid into oblivion, such as the 18th century French
grammarians or the great subject-predicate debate between 1850 and 1930. An
effort has also been made to interpret events and developments in
linguistic theory in terms of the more general cultural and economic
movements of the periods concerned. It contains many expository and
exegetic quotations, together with critiques of theoretical positions and,
sometimes, of academic behavior. The book can serve as a basic text for a
course on the history of linguistics, and as a collateral text in various
courses on the theory of grammar and semantics.

Publication Year: 1998
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
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Linguistic Field(s): History of Linguistics
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0631208917
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 592
Prices: U.K. £ 19.99
U.S. $ 40.95