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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: Rhetorical Figures in Science
Written By: Jeanne Fahnestock

RHETORICAL FIGURES IN SCIENCE breaks new ground in the rhetorical study of scientific argument as the first book to demonstrate how figures of speech other than metaphor have been used to accomplish key conceptual moves in scientific texts. Examples, both verbal and visual, range across disciplines and centuries to reaffirm the positive value of these once widely-taught devices. "While many books deliver less than they promise, a few, like RHETORICAL FIGURES IN SCIENCE, deliver more. In a well-crafted argument and a well-exemplified series of chapters, Fahnestock undermines our comfortable sense that, aside from metaphor, the figures can be safely ignored by rhetorical theorists and critics, that the study of such schemes as antithesis, incrementum, gradatio, antimetabole, ploche and polyptoton is the preserve only of pedants."--uarterly Journal of Speech

Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
Historical Linguistics
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0195117506
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 248 pp
Prices: $65.00

Format: Paperback
ISBN: 019516542X
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 248 pp
Prices: $26.00