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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: The Grammar of Focus
Edited By: Georges Rebuschi
Laurice Tuller

The grammar of focus has been studied in generative grammar from its inception. It has been the subject of intense, detailed cross-linguistic investigation for over 20 years, particularly within the Principles and Parameters framework. It is appropriate at this point, therefore, to take stock. Appraisal at this particular point is all the more legitimate because it comes at a time of general evaluation of the results of the profound activity that has characterized the Principles and Parameters framework. This general assessment has produced a radical new direction within that framework. The volume starts off with an introductory chapter that aims to provide an outline for the assessment, to be followed by an overview of the evolution of the study of focus in generative grammar, and a recapitulation of the principal issues associated with focus. These issues are taken up in the remaining chapters of the book, where various grammatical means of marking focus (as well as grammaticalization of focus marking) are analyzed in a wide variety of languages. Contributions by: Georges Rebuschi and Laurice Tuller; Manuela Ambar; Josef Bayer; Anne Clech-Darbon; Annie Rialland; Nomi Erteschik-Shir; Larry Hyman; Sarah D. Kennelly; Ayesha Kidwai; Alain Kihm; Jacqueline Lecarme; Jon Ortiz de Urbina; Jamal Ouhalla.

Publication Year: 2000
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Syntax
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1556199082
ISBN-13: 9781556199080
Prices: U.S. $ 176
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027227454
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Prices: NLG 198.00