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The Word Bookstore, Montreal

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In linguistics, a word of a spoken language can be defined as the smallest sequence of phonemes that can be uttered in isolation with objective or practical meaning. For many languages, words also correspond to sequences of graphemes ("letters") in their standard writing systems that are delimited by spaces wider than the normal inter-letter space, or by other graphical conventions. The concept of "word" is usually distinguished from that of a morpheme, which is the smallest unit of speech which has a meaning, even if it will not stand on its own.

In many languages, the notion of what constitutes a "word" may be mostly learned as part of learning the writing system. This is the case of the English language, and of most languages that are written with alphabets derived from the ancient Latin or Greek alphabets.

There still remains no consensus among linguists about the proper definition of "word" in a spoken language that is independent of its writing system, nor about the precise distinction between it and "morpheme". This issue is particularly debated for Chinese and other languages of East Asia, and may be moot for Afro-Asiatic languages.

In English orthography, the letter sequences "rock", "god", "write", "with", "the", "not" are considered to be single-morpheme words, whereas "rocks", "ungodliness", "typewriter", and "cannot" are words composed of two or more morphemes ("rock"+"s", "un"+"god"+"li"+"ness", "type"+"writ"+"er", and "can"+"not").

In English and many other languages, the morphemes that make up a word generally include at least one root (such as "rock", "god", "type", "writ", "can", "not") and possibly some affixes ("-s", "un-", "-ly", "-ness"). Words with more than one root ("[type][writ]er", "[cow][boy]s", "[tele][graph]ically") are called compound.

Words are combined to form other elements of language, such as phrases ("a red rock", "put up with"), clauses ("I threw a rock"), and sentences ("I threw a rock, but missed").
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  • You can not love this place if you’re a reader! It’s the first place I visit when I’m in Montreal. I’ve found great hard-to-find books in here. They even have an instagram page where you can DM to...  more »
  • Visited it again after 15 years. Bought 300 books then and took them back to the far east. The same professional owner who found the books we wanted in no time. All sorts of used books with good...  more »
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  • I make a point of visiting this bookstore whenever I'm in Montreal. It has such an eclectic selection, and I could easily spend an hour just browsing. I'm particularly grateful for the Greek, Latin and ancient history texts I've found here over the years, most of which I've never been able to locate in any other store (and not even on Amazon, in some cases). The prices are always fair, and I love that the owners simply leave me to browse without interruption. I'll definitely keep coming back to this store.
  • I think this might be the first google review I've ever left, if that speaks to the quality of this bookstore. Anyway, it is my favorite and has never disappointed me. I highly recommend it, whether it be for cheap rarities or even cheaper classics.

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