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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: Homo Symbolicus
Subtitle: The dawn of language, imagination and spirituality
Edited By: Christopher S. Henshilwood
Francesco d'Errico

The emergence of symbolic culture, classically identified with the European
cave paintings of the Ice Age, is now seen, in the light of recent groundbreaking
discoveries, as a complex nonlinear process taking root in a remote past and in
different regions of the planet. In this book the archaeologists responsible for
some of these new discoveries, flanked by ethologists interested in primate
cognition and cultural transmission, evolutionary psychologists modelling the
emergence of metarepresentations, as well as biologists, philosophers, neuro-
scientists and an astronomer combine their research findings. Their results call
into question our very conception of human nature and animal behaviour, and
they create epistemological bridges between disciplines that build the
foundations for a novel vision of our lineage's cultural trajectory and the
processes that have led to the emergence of human societies as we know

Publication Year: 2011
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science
Anthropological Linguistics
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Format: Electronic
ISBN-13: 9789027284099
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Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9789027211897
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