Grammar and complexity : language at the intersection of competence and performance

Peter W. Culicover

This book combines ideas about the architecture of grammar and language acquisition, processing, and change to explain why languages show regular patterns when there is so much irregularity in their use and so much complexity when there is such regularity in linguistic phenomena. Peter Culicover argues that the structure of language can be understood and explained in terms of two kinds of complexity: firstly that of the correspondence between form and meaning; secondly in the real-time processes involved in the construction of meanings in linguistic expressions. Mainstream syntactic theory has focused largely on regularities within and across languages, relegating to the periphery exceptional and idiosyncratic phenomena. But, the author argues, a languages irregular and unique features offer fundamental insights into the nature of language, how it changes, and how it is produced and understood. Peter Culicover's new book offers a pertinent and original contribution to key current debates in linguistic theory. It will interest scholars and advanced students of linguists of all theoretical persuasions.

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[目次]

  • PART I: THEORETICAL BACKGROUND
  • 1. Varieties of Grammatical Complexity
  • 2. The Architecture of Constructions
  • PART II: ENGLISH CONSTRUCTIONS
  • 3. English Relatives
  • 4. Constructions and the Notion 'Possible Human Language'
  • PART III: PROCESSING COMPLEXITY AND GRAMMAR
  • 5. Reflexes of Processing Complexity
  • PART IV: ACQUISITION, CHANGE, AND VARIATION
  • 6. Explaining Complexity: The learner in the network
  • 7. Constructional Complexity and Change
  • 8. Integrating Constructions, Complexity, and Change
  • References
  • Index

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書名 Grammar and complexity : language at the intersection of competence and performance
著作者等 Culicover, Peter W
書名別名 Grammar & complexity
出版元 Oxford University Press
刊行年月 2013
ページ数 xiv, 312 p.
大きさ 26 cm
ISBN 9780199654598
NCID BB12218353
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言語 英語
出版国 イギリス
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