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Language usage and language structure [electronic resource] / edited by Kasper Boye, Elisabeth Engberg-Pedersen.

Contributor(s): Boye, Kasper, 1972- | Engberg-Pedersen, Elisabeth, 1952-.
Material type: TextTextSeries: Trends in linguisticsStudies and monographs: 213.Publisher: Berlin ; New York : De Gruyter Mouton, c2010Description: 1 online resource (xiv, 354 p.) : ill.ISBN: 9783110219180 (electronic bk.); 3110219182 (electronic bk.).Subject(s): Structural linguistics | Language and languages -- Usage | Language -- Linguistics | PHILOSOPHY -- LanguageGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Language usage and language structure.DDC classification: 410.1/8 Online resources: EBSCOhost
Contents:
Introduction -- Usage and structure: the case of clausal complementation: What conversational English tells us about the nature of grammar: a critique of Thompson's analysis of object complements / Frederick J. Newmeyer -- Usage, structure, scientific explanation, and the role of abstraction, by linguists and by language users / Arie Verhagen -- Raising verbs and auxiliaries in a functional theory of grammatical status / Kasper Boye -- The rise of structure: How not to disagree: the emergence of structure from usage / Ronald W. Langacker -- Paradigmatic structure in a usage-based theory of grammaticalisation / Lars Heltoft -- Where do simple clauses come from? / T. Giv�on -- Structure, usage and variation: Alternative agreement controllers in Danish: usage or structure? / Elisabeth Engberg-Pedersen and Mads Poulsen -- Schmidt redux: How systematic is the linguistic system if variation is rampant? / Dirk Geeraerts -- More tiles on the roof: further thoughts on incremental language production / J. Lachlan Mackenzie -- Reconciling structure and usage: on the advantages of a dynamic, dialogic conception of the linguistic sign / Maj-Britt Mosegaard Hansen -- Methodology: Ten unwarranted assumptions in syntactic argumentation / William Croft.
Summary: The volume addresses an issue hotly debated in current linguistic theory: the relation between language usage and language structure. The contributors represent different theoretical positions. What they have in common is that they recognize structure and usage as non-reducible linguistic phenomena and take seriously the challenge to describe the relation between them.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

Introduction -- Usage and structure: the case of clausal complementation: What conversational English tells us about the nature of grammar: a critique of Thompson's analysis of object complements / Frederick J. Newmeyer -- Usage, structure, scientific explanation, and the role of abstraction, by linguists and by language users / Arie Verhagen -- Raising verbs and auxiliaries in a functional theory of grammatical status / Kasper Boye -- The rise of structure: How not to disagree: the emergence of structure from usage / Ronald W. Langacker -- Paradigmatic structure in a usage-based theory of grammaticalisation / Lars Heltoft -- Where do simple clauses come from? / T. Giv�on -- Structure, usage and variation: Alternative agreement controllers in Danish: usage or structure? / Elisabeth Engberg-Pedersen and Mads Poulsen -- Schmidt redux: How systematic is the linguistic system if variation is rampant? / Dirk Geeraerts -- More tiles on the roof: further thoughts on incremental language production / J. Lachlan Mackenzie -- Reconciling structure and usage: on the advantages of a dynamic, dialogic conception of the linguistic sign / Maj-Britt Mosegaard Hansen -- Methodology: Ten unwarranted assumptions in syntactic argumentation / William Croft.

The volume addresses an issue hotly debated in current linguistic theory: the relation between language usage and language structure. The contributors represent different theoretical positions. What they have in common is that they recognize structure and usage as non-reducible linguistic phenomena and take seriously the challenge to describe the relation between them.

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