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The Grammar Network
How Linguistic Structure Is Shaped by Language Use

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  • Author: Holger Diessel, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität, Jena, Germany
  • Publication planned for: October 2019
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108498814

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  • Cognitive linguists and psychologists have often argued that language is best understood as an association network; however while the network view of language has had a significant impact on the study of morphology and lexical semantics, it is only recently that researchers have taken an explicit network approach to the study of syntax. This innovative study presents a dynamic network model of grammar in which all aspects of linguistic structure, including core concepts of syntax (e.g. phrase structure, word classes, grammatical relations), are analyzed in terms of associative connections between different types of linguistic elements. These associations are shaped by domain-general learning processes that are operative in language use and sensitive to frequency of occurrence. Drawing on research from usage-based linguistics and cognitive psychology, the book provides an overview of frequency effects in grammar and analyzes these effects within the framework of a dynamic network model.

    • Provides the first comprehensive overview and discussion of usage-based research on grammar and frequency effects
    • Strengthens the connection between linguistics, cognitive psychology and a variety of different subfields within linguistics
    • Uses extensive data from corpora and psycholinguistic experiments to explore theoretical issues
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    • Publication planned for: October 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108498814
    • length: 306 pages
    • dimensions: 234 x 155 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.56kg
    • contains: 87 b/w illus. 19 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    Part I. Foundations:
    2. Grammar as a network
    3. Cognitive processes and language use
    Part II. Signs as Networks:
    4. The taxonomic network
    5. Sequential relations
    6. Symbolic relations
    Part III. Filler-Slot Relations:
    7. Argument structure and linguistic productivity
    8. A dynamic network model of parts of speech
    9. Phrase structure
    Part IV. Constructional Relations:
    10. Construction families
    11. Encoding asymmetries of grammatical categories
    12. Conclusion.

  • Author

    Holger Diessel, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität, Jena, Germany
    Holger Diessel is Professor of English Linguistics at the Friedrich-Schiller-Universität, Jena, Germany. His publications include two monographs, Demonstrastives: Form, Function and Grammaticalization (1999) and The Acquisition of Complex Sentences (Cambridge, 2004), and more than fifty articles in journals and edited volumes.

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