Cognition and Function in Language

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This volume brings together 17 papers resulting from the third conference on Conceptual Structure, Discourse and Language (CSDL 3), held at the University of Colorado at Boulder in May 1997. Since the first CSDL conference held in San Diego in 1994, the CSDL series has created a spirited forum for exchange between practitioners of cognitive and functional linguistics. The papers in this volume focus on the motivations for linguistic patterning in human social and cognitive experience, and on the dynamic ...

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Overview

This volume brings together 17 papers resulting from the third conference on Conceptual Structure, Discourse and Language (CSDL 3), held at the University of Colorado at Boulder in May 1997. Since the first CSDL conference held in San Diego in 1994, the CSDL series has created a spirited forum for exchange between practitioners of cognitive and functional linguistics. The papers in this volume focus on the motivations for linguistic patterning in human social and cognitive experience, and on the dynamic properties of language construal, use, and development. The papers collected here are a rich sampling of the complex data, innovative methods and fresh research questions undertaken by scholars in the cognitive-functional traditions. Among the main research avenues represented in this volume are grammaticalization, child language learning, categorization, conversational practice, and linguistic knowledge representation.

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Preface
From Core to Periphery: A Study on the Directionality of Syntactic Change in Japanese 1
On the Extension of Body-Part Nouns to Object-Part Nouns and Spatial Adpositions 15
Noun Classes: Language Change and Learning 29
Multifunctionality: The Developmental Path of the Quotative tte in Japanese 50
Suppletion in the Paradigms of Copula Verbs 65
Learning the English Passive Construction 84
Verb Roots and Caregiver Speech in Early Tzotzil (Mayan) Acquisition 99
Cue Coordination: An Alternative to Word Meaning Biases 120
A Cross-linguistic Study of Early Acquisition of Nouns and Verbs in English and Japanese 136
Fake Guns and Stone Lions: Conceptual Blending and Privative Adjectives 143
The System of Metaphors for Mind and the Conceptual System of Analytic Philosophy: A Study of the Metaphorical Constraints on Philosophical Discourse 159
Lexical Meaning and Discourse Patterning: The Three Mandarin Cases of 'build' 181
Fuzzy at First Sight: The Case of Two Dutch Prepositions 200
The Semantics of Place, Time, and Way and their Strange Syntactic Behavior: A Construction Grammar Analysis 220
On a tue le president! The nature of Passives and Ultra-indefinites 235
The Syntactic Organization of Repair in Bikol 252
Tone-Choice Repair in Conversational Mandarin Chinese 268
Index 282
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