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Language, Usage and Cognition - Joan L. Bybee

Language, Usage and Cognition

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Language demonstrates structure while at the same time showing considerable variation at all levels: languages differ from one another while still being shaped by the same principles; utterances within a language differ from one another while still exhibiting the same structural patterns; languages change over time, but in fairly regular ways. This book focuses on the dynamic processes that create languages and give them their structure and their variance. Joan Bybee outlines a theory of language that directly addresses the nature of grammar, taking into account its variance and gradience, and seeks explanation in terms of the recurrent processes that operate in language use. The evidence is based on the study of large corpora of spoken and written language, and what we know about how languages change, as well as the results of experiments with language users. The result is an integrated theory of language use and language change which has implications for cognitive processing and language evolution.

"Comprehensive and compelling...it should not be missed by anyone interested in language and the processes that underlie both language change and language processing." Adele E. Goldberg, Professor of Linguistics, Princeton University

"Bybee's insightful and refreshing investigation into the dynamic processes that create grammar is an inspiration for research in usage-based linguistics." Sandra A. Thompson, University of California, Santa Barbara

"It used to be a cliche that humans understand new utterances by constructing analogies with previous utterances. A full-fledged articulation of this idea was however lacking until now. Bybee does a marvellous job in bringing together linguistics and cognitive science, showing how the integration of usage and analogy results in an improved account for language cognition." Rens Bod, institute for Logic, Language and Computation, University of Amsterdam

"...the perfect overview for anyone wanting to learn about the usage-based approach to language, and a synthesis that will be valuable to readers familiar with the framework." Kie Ross Zuraw, Department of Lingustics, University of California, Los Angeles

'It used to be a cliche that humans understand new utterances by constructing analogies with previous utterances. A fully-fledged articulation of this idea was however lacking until now. Bybee does a marvellous job in bringing together linguistics and cognitive science, showing how the integration of usage and analogy results in an improved account for language cognition.' Rens Bod, Institute for Logic, Language and Computation, University of Amsterdam
'... the perfect overview for anyone wanting to learn about the usage-based approach to language, and a synthesis that will be valuable to readers familiar with the framework.' Kie Ross Zuraw, Department of Linguistics, University of California, Los Angeles
'Comprehensive and compelling ... it should not be missed by anyone interested in language and the processes that underlie both language change and language processing.' Adele E. Goldberg, Professor of Linguistics, Princeton University
'Bybee's insightful and refreshing investigation into the dynamic processes that create grammar is an inspiration for research in usage-based linguistics.' Sandra A. Thompson, University of California, Santa Barbara
'... this is a very insightful and informative book which provides a good overview of Bybee's impressive investigations and which always integrates diachronic perspective.' Damaris Nubling, Language and Dialogue

List of figuresp. vi
List of tablesp. vii
Acknowledgementsp. ix
A usage-based perspective on languagep. 1
Rich memory for language: exemplar representationp. 14
Chunking and degrees of autonomyp. 33
Analogy and similarityp. 57
Categorization and the distribution of constructions in corporap. 76
Where do constructions come from? Synchrony and diachrony in a usage-based theoryp. 105
Reanalysis or the gradual creation of new categories? The English Auxiliaryp. 120
Gradient constituency and gradual reanalysisp. 136
Conventionalization and the local vs. the general: Modern English canp. 151
Exemplars and grammatical meaning: the specific and the generalp. 165
Language as a complex adaptive system: the interaction of cognition, culture and usep. 194
Notesp. 222
Bibliographyp. 226
Indexp. 246
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ISBN: 9780521851404
ISBN-10: 0521851408
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 1st June 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.56