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 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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From Core to Periphery: A Study on the Directionality of Syntactic Change in Japanese
Kaoru Horie
On the Extension of Body-Part Nouns to Object-Part Nouns and Spatial Adpositions
Yo Matsumoto
Noun Classes: Language Change and Learning
Maria Polinsky & Dan Jackson
Multifunctionality: The Developmental Path of the Quotative tte in Japanese
Ryoko Suzuki
Suppletion in the Paradigms of Copula Verbs
Ljuba Veselinova
Learning the English Passive Construction
Patricia J. Brooks & Michael Tomasello
Verb Roots and Caregiver Speech in Early Tzotzil (Mayan) Acquisition
Lourdes de León
Cue Coordination: An Alternative to Word Meaning Biases
Virginia C. Mueller Gathercole, Enlli Môn Thomas, & Soohee Kim
A Cross-linguistic Study of Early Acquisition of Nouns and Verbs in English and Japanese
Chikako Sakurai
Fake Guns and Stone Lions: Conceptual Blending and Privative Adjectives
Seana Coulson & Gilles Fauconnier
The System of Metaphors for Mind and the Conceptual System of Analytic Philosophy: A Study of the Metaphorical Constraints on Philosophical Discourse
George Lakoff
Lexical Meaning and Discourse Patterning: The Three Mandarin Cases of build
Meichun Liu
Fuzzy at First Sight: The Case of Two Dutch Prepositions
Dominiek Sandra & Hubert Cuyckens
The Semantics of Place, Time, and Way and their Strange Syntactic Behavior: A Construction Grammar Analysis
Christopher Johnson
On a tué le président! The nature of Passives and Ultra-indefinites
Jean-Pierre Koenig
The Syntactic Organization of Repair in Bikol
Steven Fincke
Tone-Choice Repair in Conversational Mandarin Chinese
Liang Tao, Barbara A. Fox, & Jule Gomez de Garcia

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