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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: Approaches to the Evolution of Language: Social and Cognitive Bases
Edited By: James R. Hurford
Michael Studdert-Kennedy
Christopher Knight

This is one of the first systematic attempts to bring language within the
neo-Darwinian framework of modern evolutionary theory. 24 co-ordinated
essays by linguists, phoneticians, anthropologists, psychologists and
cognitive scientists explore the origins of the complex structure of human
language, emphasizing its social (as opposed to purely practical) bases,
and showing the mechanisms by which this structure emerges, is maintained,
and develops.

Publication Year: 1998
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
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