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The Mental Corpus

How Language is Represented in the Mind

John R. Taylor

November 2014

ISBN: 9780199290819

330 pages
Paperback
234x156mm

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Price: £26.49

John Taylor argues that an individual's knowledge of a language is a repository of memories. Similarities between items lead to generalizations then used to generate new expressions. He makes a compelling contribution to understanding language and the operations of the mind. The book will appeal to linguists, philosophers, and cognitive scientists.

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John Taylor argues that an individual's knowledge of a language is a repository of memories. Similarities between items lead to generalizations then used to generate new expressions. He makes a compelling contribution to understanding language and the operations of the mind. The book will appeal to linguists, philosophers, and cognitive scientists.

  • Prominent author, well-known for clear writing
  • Profound contribution to linguistic theory and behaviour
  • Will appeal across the cognitive sciences
  • Links to successful OUP books by Ray Jackendoff and Adele Goldberg

About the Author(s)

John R. Taylor

John R. Taylor is the author of Linguistic Categorization (3rd edn 2003), Possessives in English (pbk edn 2003); and Cognitive Grammar (2002) all published by OUP.

Table of Contents

    1: Conceptualizing Language
    2: The Dictionary and the Grammar Book: The generative model of linguistic knowledge
    3: Three Words and Their Behaviour
    4: Idioms
    5: Speaking Idiomatically
    6: Constructions
    7: Frequency
    8: Skewed Frequencies as a Design Feature of Language
    9: Learning From Input
    10: Polysemy
    11: Creativity and Innovation
    12: Blending
    13: The Mental Corpus
    References
    Subject Index
    Index of Names

Reviews

"[T]his book is a well-written, accessible, and often compelling account of a very exciting new view of language. Researchers and theoreticians in many areas of Applied Linguistics will find a wealth of ideas brought together in a stimulating and coherent (if occasionally under-specified) way, and students will benefit from the lively discussion and counterpoint Taylor offers of some of the key topics in this field." - Peter Thwaites, British Association for Applied Linguistics

"a cornerstone reference for years to come." - Martin Hilpert, Functions of Language

"This is a very nicely written, accessible, and up-to-date useful introduction and overview on the idea of a "mental corpus". Our students love it and it is very helpful for our general intros to cognitive linguistics and construction grammar. I hope this will spark lots of new and exciting term papers, BA and MA theses!" - Alexander Bergs, Osnabrueck University