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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: A Short History of Structural Linguistics
Written By: Peter H. Matthews

This book is a concise historical survey of structural linguistics, charting its development from the 1870s to the present day. Peter Matthews examines the beginnings of structuralism and analyzes the vital role played in it by the study of sound systems and the problems of how systems change. He discusses theories of the overall structure of a language, the "Chomskyan revolution" in the 1950s, and the structuralist theories of meaning. The book includes exposition, in particular, of the contributions of Saussure, Bloomfield and Chomsky.
"Matthews's survey has a clarity and conciseness that is rare in works on liguistics, and it is carefully argued and well organized... Bound to become the standard resource on the subject." CHOICE Nov 2001

Publication Year: 2001
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
History of Linguistics
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0521623677
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 174
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0521625688
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 174
Prices: U.K. £ 15.95
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