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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: Language Typology and Historical Contingency
Subtitle: In honor of Johanna Nichols
Edited By: Balthasar Bickel
Lenore A. Grenoble
David A. Peterson
Alan Timberlake
Series Title: Typological Studies in Language 104

What is the range of diversity in linguistic types, what are the geographical distributions for the attested types, and what explanations, based on shared history or universals, can account for these distributions? This collection of articles by prominent scholars in typology seeks to address these issues from a wide range of theoretical perspectives, utilizing cutting-edge typological methodology. The phenomena considered range from the phonological to the morphosyntactic, the areal coverage ranges in scale from micro-areal to worldwide, and the types of historical contingency range from contact-based to genealogical in nature. Together, the papers argue strongly for a view in which, although they use distinct methodologies, linguistic typology and historical linguistics are one and the same enterprise directed at discovering how languages came to be the way they are and how linguistic types came to be distributed geographically as they are.

Publication Year: 2013
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
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Format: Electronic
ISBN-13: 9789027270801
Prices: U.S. $ 149.00
U.K. £ 83.00
Europe EURO 99.00
Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9789027206855
Prices: U.S. $ 149.00
U.K. £ 83.00
Europe EURO 104.94