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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: Optimality Theory
Written By: René Kager

This is an introduction to Optimality Theory, whose central idea is that
surface forms of language reflect resolutions of conflicts between
competing constraints. The book does not limit its empirical scope to
phonological phenomena, but also contains chapters on the learnability of
OT grammars; OT's implications for syntax; and other issues such as
opacity. Exercises accompany chapters 1-7, and there are sections on
further reading. Optimality Theory will be welcomed by any linguist with a
basic knowledge of derivational Generative Phonology.

Preface; 1. Conflicts in grammars; 2. The typology of structural changes;
3. Syllable structure and economy; 4. Metrical structure and parallelism;
5. Correspondence in reduplication; 6. Output-to-output correspondence; 7.
Learning OT grammars; 8. Extensions to syntax; 9. Residual issues;
References; Index of languages; Index of subjects; Index of constraints.

Publication Year: 1999
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Phonology
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