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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: Epistemics of the Virtual
Written By: Johan F. Hoorn
Series Title: Linguistic Approaches to Literature 12

Proposing a new theory of fiction, this work reviews the confusion about
perceived realism, metaphor, virtual worlds and the seemingly obvious
distinction between what is true and what is false. The rise of new media, new
technology, and creative products and services requires a new examination of
what ‘real’ friends are, to what extent scientific novelty is ‘true’, and whether
online content is merely ‘figurative’. In this transdisciplinary theory the author
evaluates cognitive theories, philosophical discussion, and topics in biology and
physics, and places these in the frameworks of computer science and literary
theory. The interest of the reader is continuously challenged on matters of truth,
fiction, and the shakiness of our belief systems.

Publication Year: 2012
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Philosophy of Language
Ling & Literature
Cognitive Science
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Format: Electronic
ISBN-13: 9789027274779
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Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9789027233462
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