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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: Diagnosing Syntax
Edited By: Lisa Lai-Shen Cheng
Norbert Corver
Series Title: Oxford Studies in Theoretical Linguistics

Diagnosis is an essential part of scientific research. It refers to the process of identifying a phenomenon, property, or condition on the basis of certain signs and by the use of various diagnostic procedures. This book is the first ever to consider the use of diagnostics in syntactic research and focuses on the five core domains of natural language syntax - ellipsis, agreement, anaphora, phrasal movement, and head movement. Each empirical domain is considered in turn from the perspectives of syntax, syntax at the interfaces, neuropsycholinguistics, and language diversity. Drawing on the expertise of 20 leading scholars and their empirically rich data, the book presents current thoughts on, and practical answers to, the question: What are the diagnostic signs, techniques and procedures that can be used to analyse natural language syntax? It will interest linguists, including formalists, typologists, psycholinguists and neurolinguists.

Publication Year: 2013
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Psycholinguistics
Discipline of Linguistics
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780199602506
Pages: 624
Prices: U.K. £ 39.99

Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9780199602490
Pages: 624
Prices: U.K. £ 87.00