Grammar and Complexity: Language at the Interface of Competence and Performance

Paperback | April 7, 2013

byPeter Culicover

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This book combines ideas about the architecture of grammar and language acquisition, processing, and change to explain why languages show regular patterns when there is so much irregularity in their use and so much complexity when there is such regularity in linguistic phenomena. PeterCulicover argues that the structure of language can be understood and explained in terms of two kinds of complexity: firstly that of the correspondence between form and meaning; secondly in the real-time processes involved in the construction of meanings in linguistic expressions. Mainstream generative theory is based on inherent linguistic competence and on the regularities within and across languages, with the exceptional aspects of any language frequently put to one side. But a language's irregular and unique features offer, the author argues, fundamental insights intoboth the nature of language and the way it is produced and understood. Peter Culicover's new book offers a pertinent and original contribution to key current debates in linguistic theory. It will interest scholars and advanced students of linguists of all theoretical persuasions.

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This book combines ideas about the architecture of grammar and language acquisition, processing, and change to explain why languages show regular patterns when there is so much irregularity in their use and so much complexity when there is such regularity in linguistic phenomena. PeterCulicover argues that the structure of language can...

Peter W. Culicover is Humanities Distinguished Professor in Linguistics and the founding Director of the Center for Cognitive Science at the Ohio State University. His publications include Formal Principles of Language Acquisition co-authored with Kenneth Wexler (MIT 1983), Principles and Parameters (OUP 1997), Syntactic Nuts (OUP 1999...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 0.68 inPublished:April 7, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199654603

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Part I: Theoretical Background1. Varieties of Grammatical Complexity2. The Architecture of ConstructionsPart II: English Constructions3. English Relatives4. Constructions and the Notion 'Possible Human Language'Part III: Processing Complexity and Grammar5. Reflexes of Processing ComplexityPart IV: Acquisition, Change, and Variation6. Explaining Complexity: The learner in the network7. Constructional Complexity and Change8. Integrating Constructions, Complexity, and ChangeReferencesIndex