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Tue May 22 2007

Books: Linguistic Theories: Kraska-Szlenk

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Message 1: Analogy: Kraska-Szlenk
Date: 22-May-2007
From: Ulrich Lueders <>
Subject: Analogy: Kraska-Szlenk

Title: Analogy Subtitle: The Relation between Lexicon and Grammar Series Title: LINCOM Studies in Theoretical Linguistics 38 Published: 2007 Publisher: Lincom GmbH

Author: Iwona Kraska-Szlenk Hardback: ISBN: Pages: 216 Price: Europe EURO 92

This book examines the mechanism of analogy in the context of language useand from the perspective of the Optimality Theoretic formal model. It isargued that both kinds of analogy, paradigmatic leveling and proportional(pattern) analogy, strongly correlate with type and token frequency and arealso dependant on semantic distance between the base and its correspondent.

The argument is supported by a detailed case study of vocalic alternationsin Polish using synchronic and diachronic evidence. The second part of thiswork concentrates on factors other than frequency which may cause orprevent analogical developments. Illustrative linguistic material comesfrom a variety of languages including Polish, Swahili, Arabic and English.

The study stresses the active role of lexicon in shaping language grammar.Due to the dynamic character of lexicon-grammar interaction, analogicalchanges are not only interpretable, but to some extent predictable fromhistorical and synchronic facts. The data discussed in the book providealso evidence that an abstract concept of language grammar does notdirectly emerge from usage statistics, but is only motivated by it andmediated through the process of phonologization.

Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
Subject Language(s): Arabic, Standard (arb)                             English (eng)                             Polish (pol)                             Swahili (swh)
Written In: English (eng )

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