Usage-Based Models of Language

Usage-Based Models of Language

by Michael Barlow
     
 

ISBN-10: 1575862190

ISBN-13: 9781575862194

Pub. Date: 05/28/2000

Publisher: Center for the Study of Language and Inf


How do humans learn how to speak and understand language? For years, linguists have developed numerous models in attempts to explain humans' ability to communicate through language. Historically, these approaches were rooted and restricted in rule-based linguistic representations. Only recently has the field of linguistics been willing to forego formal…  See more details below

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How do humans learn how to speak and understand language? For years, linguists have developed numerous models in attempts to explain humans' ability to communicate through language. Historically, these approaches were rooted and restricted in rule-based linguistic representations. Only recently has the field of linguistics been willing to forego formal representations and models to accommodate the usage-based perspective of studying language.

Deviating from traditional methods, the contributions presented in this volume are among the first works to approach linguistic theory by developing and utilizing usage-based models. The contributing authors were among the principal leaders in their fields to leave behind rule-based linguistic representations in favor of constraint-based systems whose structural properties actually emerge from usage. The volume begins with an introductory chapter that defines contributors' interpretations of usage-based models and theories of language. The reason for the shift from formal linguistic theories to the gradual acceptance of usage-based models is also examined. Using methods such as Cognitive Grammar, the Lexical Network Model, Competition Model, Relational Network Theory, and Accessibility Theory, the selected works demonstrate how usage-based models evince far greater cognitive and neurological plausibility than algorithmic, generative models.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781575862194
Publisher:
Center for the Study of Language and Inf
Publication date:
05/28/2000
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
6.28(w) x 9.26(h) x 1.03(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: A Usage-Based Conception of Languagevii
A Dynamic Usage-Based Model1
The Phonology of the Lexicon: Evidence From Lexical Diffusion65
Bidirectional Processing in Language and Related Cognitive Systems87
Connectionism and Language Learning121
The Effect of the Interlocutor on Episodic Recall: An Experimental Study151
The Development of Person Agreement Markers: From Pronoun to Higher Accessibility Markers197
Interpreting Usage: Construing the History of Dutch Causal Verbs261
Investigating Language Use through Corpus-Based Analyses of Association Patterns287
Usage, Blends and Grammar315
Index347

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