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Grammar & Complexity

Language at the Intersection of Competence and Performance

Peter W. Culicover

March 2013

ISBN: 9780199654604

328 pages
Paperback
246x171mm

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Price: £36.99

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 complexity when there is such regularity in linguistic phenomena. It offers new insights into the way language is produced and understood.

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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 complexity when there is such regularity in linguistic phenomena. It offers new insights into the way language is produced and understood.

  • Major contribution to key current debates in linguistics
  • Combines insights from linguistics and cognitive science
  • Based on wide-ranging examinations of language in use
  • Written by one of the world's leading linguistic theorists

About the Author(s)

Peter W. Culicover, Linguistics Department, The Ohio State University

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), Dynamical Syntax co-authored with Andrzej Nowak (OUP 2003), Simpler Syntax co-authored with Ray Jackendoff (OUP 2005), and Natural Language Syntax (OUP 2009).

Table of Contents

    Part I: Theoretical Background
    1: Varieties of Grammatical Complexity
    2: The Architecture of Constructions
    Part II: English Constructions
    3: English Relatives
    4: Constructions and the Notion 'Possible Human Language'
    Part III: Processing Complexity and Grammar
    5: Reflexes of Processing Complexity
    Part IV: Acquisition, Change, and Variation
    6: Explaining Complexity: The learner in the network
    7: Constructional Complexity and Change
    8: Integrating Constructions, Complexity, and Change
    References
    Index