Linguistic Structure and Change: An Explanation from Language Processing

Linguistic Structure and Change: An Explanation from Language Processing

by Thomas Berg

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Linguistic Structure and Change: An Explanation from Language Processing by Thomas Berg

In linguistic studies, the term "explanation" does not live up to what the philosophers of science intend it to mean. In these pages, "explanation" is put on firmer theoretical footing via a relation of language to the various contexts in which it is embedded. A detailed analysis of the psychological context in particular shows that language processing provides a fruitful approach to explaining linguistic structure and change.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780198236726
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 06/11/1998
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile: 1250L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

1. On the 'art' of explanation
2. Explanation from a macrolinguistic perspective
3. Method
4. Language structure
5. Language change
6. Poetic language
7. Discussion
8. A psycholinguistic model of language structure and change
9. Implications for psycholinguistic theory
10. The overall perspective: reductionist or non-reductionist?
References
Index

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