9780199268528

Constructions at Work The Nature of Generalization in Language

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    9780199268528

  • ISBN10:

    0199268525

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2006-02-16
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Summary

This book investigates the nature of our knowledge of language, how that knowledge is acquired by children, and how cross-linguistic and language-internal generalizations can be explained. It is concerned with how language relates to other areas of cognition. Constructions at Work will interest scholars and students of theoretical linguistics and psycholinguistics as well as cognitive scientists and philosophers concerned with language and its acquisition. Book jacket.

Author Biography


Adele E. Goldberg is Professor of Linguistics at Princeton University.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vi
Part I: Constructions 1(68)
1 Overview
3(16)
2 Surface generalizations
19(26)
3 Item-specific knowledge and generalizations
45(24)
Part II: Learning Generalizations
4 How argument structure constructions are learned
69(24)
5 How generalizations are constrained
93(10)
6 Why generalizations are learned
103(26)
Part III: Explaining Generalizations
7 Island constraints and scope
129(37)
8 Grammatical categorization: Subject—Auxiliary Inversion
166(17)
9 Cross-linguistic generalizations in argument realization
183(22)
10 Variations on a constructionist theme
205(22)
11 Conclusion
227(4)
References 231(32)
Index 263

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