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Title: Usage-Based Models of Language
Edited By: Michael Barlow
Suzanne Kemmer
URL: http://us.cambridge.org/titles/catalogue.asp?isbn=1575862204
Description:

This book brings together papers by the foremost representatives of a range
of theoretical and empirical approaches converging on a common goal: to
account for language use, or how speakers actually speak and understand
language. Crucial to a usage-based approach are frequency, statistical
patterns, and, most generally, linguistic experience. Linguistic competence
is not seen as cognitively-encapsulated and divorced from performance, but
as a system continually shaped, from inception, by linguistic usage events.
The authors represented here were among the first to leave behind
rule-based linguistic representations in favour of constraint-based systems
whose structural properties actually emerge from usage. Such emergentist
systems evince far greater cognitive and neurological plausibility than
algorithmic, generative models. Approaches represented here include
Cognitive Grammar, the Lexical Network Model, Competition Model, Relational
Network Model, and accessibility Theory. The empirical data come from
phonological variation, syntactic change, psycholinguistic experiments,
discourse, connectionist modelling of language acquisition, and linguistic
corpora.

Publication Year: 2000
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
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ISBN: 1575862204
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Pages: 384
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