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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 Development of Language: Acquisition, Change And Evolution
Written By: David W Lightfoot
Series Title: Blackwell/Maryland Lectures in Language and Cognit

How and why do languages change over time? Could the way an individual child develops affect aggregate language change? What do the mechanisms of change tell us about the evolution of language in our species? To answer these questions, David Lightfoot looks closely at young children. A child develops a grammar on exposure to some triggering experience. A small perturbation in the trigger may entail a different grammar in the next population of speakers, with dramatic effects.

Publication Year: 1998
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0631210601
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 304
Prices: U.K. £ 18.99
U.S. $ 37.95