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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: From Polysemy to Semantic Change
Subtitle: Towards a typology of lexical semantic associations
Edited By: Martine Vanhove
Series Title: Studies in Language Companion Series 106

This book is the result of a joint project on lexical and semantic typology
which gathered together field linguists, semanticists, cognitivists,
typologists, and an NLP specialist. These cross-linguistic studies concern
semantic shifts at large, both synchronic and diachronic: the outcome of
polysemy, heterosemy, or semantic change at the lexical level. The first
part presents a comprehensive state of the art of a domain typologists have
long been reluctant to deal with. Part two focuses on theoretical and
methodological approaches: cognition, construction grammar, graph theory,
semantic maps, and data bases. These studies deal with universals and
variation across languages, illustrated with numerous examples from
different semantic domains and different languages. Part three is dedicated
to detailed empirical studies of a large sample of languages in a limited
set of semantic fields. It reveals possible universals of semantic
association, as well as areal and cultural tendencies.

Publication Year: 2008
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Semantics
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027205736
ISBN-13: 9789027205735
Prices: Europe EURO 110.00
U.S. $ 165.00
Format: Electronic
ISBN-13: 9789027290328
Prices: Europe EURO 110.00
U.S. $ 165.00