Grammar in Mind and Brain: Explorations in Cognitive Syntax

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Table of Contents

1 Island constraints as evidence for a cognitive theory of grammar 1
1.1 The fundamental issues 1
1.2 Syntactic autonomy: empirical issues 4
1.3 Alternatives to autonomy: functional and cognitive accounts 22
1.4 Attention and extraction 34
1.5 An alternative to strict modularity 45
2 An integrated cognitive theory 55
2.1 Cognitive architecture 55
2.2 Knowledge representation 57
2.3 Storage and retrieval from declarative memory 78
2.4 Productions, relevance, and the matching process 81
2.5 Categorization and polysemy: a case study 88
3 The Spatialization of Form Hypothesis 95
3.1 The cognitive grounding of syntactic knowledge 95
3.2 Grammatical projections of the link schema 97
3.3 Linkage, immediate constituency, and grammatical relations 102
3.4 Hierarchical structure 117
3.5 Constituency and accessibility: the concepts of c-command and government 128
4 Applications of the theory to English syntax 137
4.1 Declarative memory for syntax 137
4.2 Interactions among schemata 142
4.3 The syntactic function of productions 164
4.4 More prototype effects: 'believe'- and 'want'-class verbs 179
5 Attention and grammar 187
5.1 Topic and focus potential 187
5.2 Entrenchment hierarchies 194
5.3 The Silverstein Hierarchy as an entrenchment hierarchy 199
5.4 Further evidence: viewpoint and reflexivization 205
5.5 Further evidence: ease of acquisition 224
5.6 Further evidence: directionality of metaphoric transfer 231
5.7 Other entrenchment hierarchies 236
5.8 Island constraints again 237
6 Neurological implications of the theory 251
6.1 Background 251
6.2 Neurological implications: the Parietal Hypothesis 257
6.3 Aphasia and the Parietal Hypothesis 271
6.4 Further implications 296
Notes 301
Bibliography 311
Index 329
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