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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: New Essays on the Origin of Language
Edited By: Jürgen Trabant
Sean Ward
Series Title: Trends in Linguistics. Studies and Monographs

The contributions to this volume reflect the state of the art in the renewed discussion on the origin of language. Some of the most important specialists in the field - life scientists and linguists - primarily examine two aspects of the question: the origin of the language faculty and the evolution of the first language. At stake is the relation between nature and culture and between universality and historical particularity as well as cognition, communication, and the very essence of language.

Publication Year: 2001
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 3110170256
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 258
Prices: DM 176,- / vS 1285,- / sFr 151