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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: Empirical Approaches to Linguistic Theory
Subtitle: Studies in Meaning and Structure
Edited By: Britta Stolterfoht
Sam Featherston
Series Title: Studies in Generative Grammar [SGG] 111

The mental representation of language cannot be directly observed but must be inferred and modelled from its effects at second hand. Linguists have traditionally responded to this in two ways, either going for a fairly data-light approach and valuing theoretical creativity, or pursuing just those goals for which data is available and trusting to data-driven descriptive work. More recently, advances in technology and experimental techniques have made data gathering easier and more accessible, so that a theoretically informed but empirically based approach is rapidly growing in popularity. This synthesis permits linguists to combine the intellectual hypothesis generation of the theoreticians with the ability to deliver hard answers of the empiricist. This volume is a collection of papers in this direction, using mostly experiment methods to yield insights into syntactic and semantic structures, language processing, and acquisition. Papers report corpus data, neurological investigations, child language studies, and fieldwork from minority languages.

Publication Year: 2012
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
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Linguistic Field(s): Semantics
Generative Linguistics
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Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9781614510895
Pages: 344
Prices: Europe EURO 99.95

Format: Electronic
ISBN-13: 9781614510888
Pages: 344
Prices: Europe EURO 99.95