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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: Language: Communication and Human Behavior
Subtitle: The Linguistic Essays of William Diver
Edited By: Alan Huffman
Joseph Davis

William Diver of Columbia University (1921-1995) critiqued the very roots of
traditional and contemporary linguistics and founded a school of thought that
aims for radical aposteriorism in accounting for the distribution of linguistic
forms in authentic text. Grammatical and phonological analyses of Homeric
Greek, Classical Latin, and Modern English reveal language to be an instrument
whose structure is shaped by its communicative function and by the peculiarly
human characteristics of its users. Diver's foundational works, many never
before published, appear here newly edited and annotated, with introductions by
the editors. The volume presents for the first time to a wide audience the depth
and originality of Diver's iconoclastic thought.

Publication Year: 2011
Publisher: Brill
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Linguistic Field(s): Philosophy of Language
Subject Language(s): English
Greek, Ancient
Language Family(ies): Indo-European
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Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9789004208582
Pages: 574
Prices: U.S. $ 251
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