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Constructions at Work The Nature of Generalization in Language

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ISBN-10: 0199268525

ISBN-13: 9780199268528

Edition: 2005

Authors: Adele Goldberg, J Pustejovsky, Robert Gaizauskas, Adele Goldberg

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This book investigates the nature of generalization in language and examines how language is known by adults and acquired by children. It looks at how and why constructions are learned, the relation between their forms and functions, and how cross-linguistic and language-internal generalizations about them can be explained. Constructions at Work is divided into three parts: in the first Professor Goldberg provides an overview of constructionist approaches, including the constructionist approach to argument structure, and argues for a usage-based model of grammar. In Part II she addresses issues concerning how generalizations are constrained and constructional generalizations are learned. In…    
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Book details

List price: $46.99
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 2/16/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 6.14" wide x 9.21" long x 0.63" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Acknowledgements
Constructions
Overview
Surface generalizations
Item-specific knowledge and generalizations
Learning Generalizations
How argument structure constructions are learned
How generalizations are constrained
Why generalizations are learned
Explaining Generalizations
Island constraints and scope
Grammatical categorization: Subject-Auxiliary Inversion
Cross-linguistic generalizations in argument realization
Variations on a constructionist theme
Conclusion
References
Index