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Cognitive Foundations of Grammar - Bernd Heine

Cognitive Foundations of Grammar

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The main function of language is to convey meaning. Therefore, argues Bernd Heine in these pages, the question of why language is structured the way it is must first of all be answered with reference to this function. Linguistic explanations offered in terms of other exponents of language structure (for example, syntax) are likely to highlight peripheral or epi-phenomenal--rather than central--characteristics of language structure. Heine provides a solid introductory treatment of the ways in which language structure (that is, grammar) and language usage can be explained with reference to the processes underlying human conceptualization and communication.
Exploring an area of linguistics that has developed only recently and is rapidly expanding, Cognitive Foundations of Grammar will appeal to students of linguistics, psychology, and anthropology, especially those interested in grammaticalization processess.

This is an interesting book that offers a dynamic viewpoint on grammar. It offers important analysis of diachronic linguistics. The bibliography of the book offers extensive references for each topic, and the quality of the print is high. This book will spark more thoughts on the topics discussed as well as on the notion of language as an evolving system of communication. Written in a reader-friendly style, I am sure students of linguistics as well as anthropology will find the discussions easy to follow. All in all, this purple paperback is worth the money and time. * Jyh Wee Sew, Linguistics, Vol.35, 1999 * an interesting and informative study that should appeal to linguistic and cognitive anthropologists, cognitive and historical linguists, and laypersons interested in languages ... Heine presents a plausible explanatory framework and lucid descriptions of a variety of lexical patterns and grammatical constructions in several domains of meaning. * Gary B. Palmer, Cognitive Linguistics, 10-2, 1999. *

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. xiii
Modalities and Intensional Languagesp. 3
Discussionp. 24
Smullyan on Modality and Descriptionp. 36
Iterated Deontic Modalitiesp. 39
Essentialism in Modal Logicp. 45
Essential Attributionp. 53
Strict Implication, Deducibility, and the Deduction Theoremp. 71
Quantification and Ontologyp. 75
Classes, Collections, Assortments, and Individualsp. 89
Does the Principle of Substitutivity Rest on a Mistake?p. 101
Nominalism and the Substitutional Quantifierp. 111
Moral Dilemmas and Consistencyp. 125
Rationality and Believing the Impossiblep. 143
Spinoza and the Ontological Proofp. 163
On Some Post-1920s Views of Russell on Particularity, Identity, and Individuationp. 177
Possibilia and Possible Worldsp. 189
A Backward Look at Quine's Animadversions on Modalitiesp. 215
Some Revisionary Proposals about Belief and Believingp. 233
Indexp. 257
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ISBN: 9780195102529
ISBN-10: 0195102525
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 196
Published: 1st October 1997
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 29.62 x 7.01  x 1.19
Weight (kg): 0.3