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Radical Construction Grammar Syntactic Theory in Typological Perspective

ISBN-10: 0198299540

ISBN-13: 9780198299547

Edition: 2001

Authors: William Croft

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Radical Construction Grammar presents a profound critique of syntactic theory and argumentation, and offers a genuinely new approach to syntax based on the fact of grammatical diversity. Recent syntactic theories are essentially formal models for the representation of grammatical knowledge and posit complex syntactic structures in the analysis of sentences. The result has been a endless cycle of new and revised theories of syntactic representation. Radical Construction Grammar argues that this approach to syntax is incompatible with the grammatical variation found within and across languages. This book defends three fundamental theses: (i) constructions are the primitive units of syntactic representation, and grammatical categories are defined by constructions, not the other way around; (ii) the only syntactic structures are the part-whole relations between a construction and the syntactic elements that make it up; (iii) not only are grammatical categories construction-specific, but constructions are language-specific. In other words, syntactic structure is almost entirely language-specific; attempts to find a universal formal model are doomed to failure. Radical Construction Grammar integrates concepts from typological theory and construction grammar to uncover the genuine universals of grammar. Constructions are represented as complex symbolic units pairing form and meaning. The semantic map model of typological theory is used to map category distributions on a largely universal conceptual space. Universals of grammar are found in the mapping of meaning onto form. Systematic patterns of grammatical variation provide evidence for the topography of conceptual space, which in turn reflects the geography of the human mind.
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Book details

List price: $70.00
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/27/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 448
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

Syntactic Argumentation and Radical Construction Grammar
Against Syntactic Categories as Theoretical Primitives
Parts of Speech
Syntactic Categories and Semantic Relativity
Grammatical Relations/Syntactic Roles
Dependency, Constituency, and Linear Order
Against Syntactic Relations
A Radical Approach to Syntactic Relations
Heads, Complements, and Adjuncts
The Voice Continuum
Against Universal Syntactic Constructions
The Coordination-Subordination Continuum
Syntactic Theory and the Theory of Language