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LINGUIST List 21.1673

Tue Apr 06 2010

Books: Cognitive Science/General Ling/Historical Ling: Bybee

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        1.    Daniel Davies, Language, Usage and Cognition: Bybee

Message 1: Language, Usage and Cognition: Bybee
Date: 05-Apr-2010
From: Daniel Davies <ddaviescambridge.org>
Subject: Language, Usage and Cognition: Bybee
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Title: Language, Usage and Cognition
Published: 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
                http://us.cambridge.org

Author: Joan Bybee
Hardback: ISBN: 9780521851404 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 99.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9780521851404 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 60.00
Paperback: ISBN: 9780521616836 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 21.99
Paperback: ISBN: 9780521616836 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 39.99
Abstract:

Language demonstrates structure while also showing considerable variation
at all levels: languages differ from one another while still being shaped
by the same principles; utterances within a language differ from one
another while exhibiting the same structural patterns; languages change
over time, but in fairly regular ways. This book focuses on the dynamic
processes that create languages and give them their structure and variance.
It outlines a theory of language that addresses the nature of grammar,
taking into account its variance and gradience, and seeks explanation in
terms of the recurrent processes that operate in language use. The evidence
is based on the study of large corpora of spoken and written language, what
we know about how languages change, as well as the results of experiments
with language users. The result is an integrated theory of language use and
language change which has implications for cognitive processing and
language evolution.

1. A usage-based perspective on language;
2. Rich memory for language: exemplar representation;
3. Chunking and degrees of autonomy;
4. Analogy and similarity;
5. Categorization and the distribution of constructions in corpora;
6. Where do constructions come from? Synchrony and diachrony in a
usage-based theory;
7. Grammatical change: reanalysis or the gradual creation of new
constructions?;
8. Gradient constituency and gradual reanalysis;
9. Conventionalization and the local vs. the general: modern English can;
10. Exemplars and grammatical meaning: the specific and the general;
11. Language as a complex adaptive system: the interaction of cognition,
culture and use.


Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science
                            General Linguistics
                            Historical Linguistics

Written In: English (eng )

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