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Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics : An Introduction to Word Grammar - Richard Hudson

Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics

An Introduction to Word Grammar

Hardcover Published: 29th July 2010
ISBN: 9780521896900
Number Of Pages: 348

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Word grammar is a theory of language structure and is based on the assumption that language, and indeed the whole of knowledge, is a network, and that virtually all of knowledge is learned. It combines the psychological insights of cognitive linguistics with the rigour of more formal theories. This textbook spans a broad range of topics from prototypes, activation and default inheritance to the details of syntactic, morphological and semantic structure. It introduces elementary ideas from cognitive science and uses them to explain the structure of language including a survey of English grammar.

'Masterfully written and meticulously organised, Richard Hudson's book describes how general principles of categorization and cognitive processing give rise to the network structure of language, and English grammar in particular. This is essential and accessible reading for anyone interested in the induction, generalization and organization of language in the mind.' Peter Robinson, Aoyama Gakuin University

List of figuresp. x
List of tablesp. xiii
Acknowledgementsp. xv
Introductionp. 1
How the mind works
Introduction to cognitive sciencep. 7
Categorizationp. 9
Concepts, categories and exemplarsp. 9
Taxonomies and the isA relationp. 12
Generalizations and inheritancep. 16
Multiple inheritance and choicesp. 22
Default inheritance and prototype effectsp. 24
Social categories and stereotypesp. 30
Network structurep. 34
Concepts, percepts, feelings and actionsp. 34
Relational concepts, arguments and valuesp. 37
Choices, features and cross-classificationp. 44
Examples of relational taxonomiesp. 47
The network notion, properties and default inheritancep. 57
Do networks need modularity?p. 63
Network activityp. 70
Activation and long-term memoryp. 70
Activation and working memoryp. 73
Building and learning exemplar nodesp. 80
Building induced nodesp. 83
Building inherited nodesp. 87
Binding nodes togetherp. 91
How language works
Introduction to linguisticsp. 103
Descriptionp. 103
Detailp. 104
Datap. 105
Differencesp. 105
Divisionsp. 106
Developmentsp. 108
Words as conceptsp. 109
Types and tokensp. 109
Word propertiesp. 114
Word-classesp. 117
Grammaticalityp. 118
Lexemes and inflectionsp. 121
Definitions and efficiencyp. 127
Morphology and lexical relationsp. 131
Social properties of wordsp. 136
Levels of analysisp. 138
Syntaxp. 145
Dependencies and phrasesp. 145
Valencyp. 154
Morpho-syntactic features, agreement and unrealized wordsp. 162
Default word orderp. 168
Coordinationp. 175
Special word ordersp. 181
Syntax without modulesp. 189
Using and learning languagep. 193
Accessibility and frequencyp. 193
Retrieving wordsp. 197
Tokens and types in listening and speakingp. 202
Learning generalizationsp. 205
Using generalizationsp. 209
Binding in word-recognition, parsing and pragmaticsp. 212
Meaningp. 220
Social meaningp. 241
How English works
Introduction to English linguisticsp. 249
English wordsp. 251
Word-classesp. 251
Inflectionsp. 255
Word-class propertiesp. 260
Morphology and lexical relationsp. 270
Social propertiesp. 276
English syntaxp. 279
Dependenciesp. 279
Valencyp. 279
Features, agreement and unrealized lexemesp. 296
Default word orderp. 301
Coordinationp. 304
Special word ordersp. 307
Referencesp. 327
Indexp. 322
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ISBN: 9780521896900
ISBN-10: 0521896908
Series: Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 348
Published: 29th July 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 18.0  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.83