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Lexical Priming : A New Theory of Words and Language - M. Hoey

Lexical Priming

A New Theory of Words and Language

By: M. Hoey

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Published: 26th May 2005
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"Lexical Priming "proposes a radical new theory of the lexicon, which amounts to a completely new theory of language based on how words are used in the real world. Here they are not confined to the definitions given to them in dictionaries but instead interact with other words in common patterns of use.
Classical theory holds that grammar is generated first and words are then dropped into the opportunities thus created; Hoey's theory reverses the roles of lexis and grammar, arguing that lexis is complexly and systematically structured and that grammar is an outcome of this lexical structure. He shows that the phenomenon of 'collocation', the property of language whereby two or more words seem to appear frequently in each other's company (e.g., "inevitable" and "consequence"), offers a clue to the way language is really organized. Using concrete statistical evidence from a corpus of newspaper English, but also referring to travel writing and literary text, the author argues that words are 'primed' for use through our experience with them, so that everything we know about a word is a product of our encounters with it. This knowledge explains how speakers of a language succeed in being fluent, creative and natural.
Provocative and compelling, "Lexical Priming "presents an original new theory, offering a rigorous but accessible framework for the study of language. It is a must for anyone involved in corpus linguistics or with an interest in what shapes the way we use and understand words.

Collocation and lexical primingp. 1
Lexical priming and meaningp. 16
Lexical priming and grammarp. 38
Lexical priming and lexical relationsp. 63
Lexical priming and polysemyp. 81
Lexical priming and text : two claimsp. 114
Lexical priming and text : a third claimp. 129
Lexical priming and grammatical creativityp. 152
Lexical priming and other kinds of creativityp. 169
Some theoretical and practical issuesp. 178
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ISBN: 9780415328623
ISBN-10: 0415328624
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 26th May 2005
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.49