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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: Modality and Structure in Signed and Spoken Languages
Edited By: Richard P. Meier
Kearsy A. Cormier
David Quinto-Pozos

Note: This is the paperback edition of a previously announced book.

The realisation that signed languages are true languages is one of the
great discoveries of the last 30 years of linguistic research. The work of
many sign language researchers has revealed deep similarities between
signed and spoken languages in their structure, acquisition and processing,
as well as differences, arising from the differing articulatory and
perceptual constraints under which signed languages are used and learned.
This book provides a cross-linguistic examination of the properties of many
signed languages, including detailed case studies of Hong Kong, British,
Mexican and German sign languages. The contributions to this volume, by
some of the most prominent researchers in the field, focus on a single
question: to what extent is linguistic structure influenced by the modality
of language? Their answers offer particular insights into the factors that
shape the nature of language and contribute to our understanding of why
languages are organised as they are.

Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
Subject Language(s): American Sign Language
British Sign Language
Chinese Sign Language
German Sign Language
Mexican Sign Language
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0521112583
ISBN-13: 9780521112581
Prices: U.K. £ 31.99
U.S. $ 58.00