LINGUIST List 31.3187

Mon Oct 19 2020

Books: Ten Lectures on Construction Grammar and Typology: Croft

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Date: 15-Oct-2020
From: Clovis Jaillet <JailletBrill.com>
Subject: Ten Lectures on Construction Grammar and Typology: Croft
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Title: Ten Lectures on Construction Grammar and Typology
Series Title: Distinguished Lectures in Cognitive Linguistics
Published: 2020
Publisher: Brill
                http://www.brill.com

Book URL: https://brill.com/view/title/36391

Author: William Croft
Electronic: ISBN: 9789004363533 Pages: 311 Price: Europe EURO 99
Hardback: ISBN: 9789004363523 Pages: 311 Price: Europe EURO 99
Abstract:

In Ten Lectures on Construction Grammar and Typology, William Croft presents a unified theory of linguistic form and meaning that encompasses crosslinguistic diversity, verbalization and language change. Croft begins from construction grammar, a theory of syntax in which all syntactic structures are a pairing of form and meaning. Constructions are posited as basic; syntactic categories are defined by constructions. The internal structure of constructions directly link elements of constructions to the meanings they express, Constructions across languages can be situated in a space of syntactic variation. Grammar emerges from the verbalization of experience. Constructions occur in a probability distribution across the conceptual space of meanings. These probability distributions evolve, leading to grammatical change in language, modeled in an evolutionary framework.

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science
                            Linguistic Theories
                            Psycholinguistics
                            Typology

Written In: English (eng)

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