New book: Usage-Based Models of Language

Suzanne Kemmer kemmer at eva.mpg.de
Fri Jun 9 22:46:00 UTC 2000


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CSLI Publications, Stanford, announces:

USAGE-BASED MODELS OF LANGUAGE

Edited by
Michael Barlow and Suzanne Kemmer
Department of Linguistics, Rice University

PublisherÂ’s blurb:

This book brings together papers by the foremost representatives of a
range of theoretical and empirical approaches converging on a common
goal: to account for language USE, or how speakers actually speak and
understand language. Crucial to a usage-based approach are frequency,
statistical patterns, and, most generally, linguistic experience.
Linguistic competence is not seen as cognitively-encapsulated and
divorced from performance, but as a system continually shaped, from
inception, by linguistic usage events. The authors represented here were
among the first to leave behind rule-based linguistic representations in
favor of constraint-based systems whose structural properties actually
emerge from usage. Such emergentist systems evince far greater cognitive
and neurological plausibility than algorithmic, generative models.
Approaches represented here include Cognitive Grammar, the Lexical
Network Model, Competition Model, Relational Network Model, and
Accessibility Theory. The empirical data come from phonological
variation, syntactic change, psycholinguistic experiments, discourse,
connectionist modeling of language acquisition, and linguistic corpora.


USAGE-BASED MODELS OF LANGUAGE
Stanford, CA:  CSLI Publications, May 2000
Paperback, ISBN 1-57586-220-4, USD $24.95
Cloth, ISBN 1-57586-219-0, USD $64.95
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note that all CSLI Publications' titles are distributed by the
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CONTENTS

Introduction: A Usage-Based Conception of Language       (21 pp.)
SUZANNE KEMMER AND MICHAEL BARLOW

A Dynamic Usage-Based Model                                         (63
pp.)
RONALD W. LANGACKER

The Phonology of the Lexicon: Evidence From                    (20 pp.)
Lexical Diffusion
JOAN L. BYBEE

Bidirectional Processing in Language and                         (32 pp.)
Related Cognitive Systems
SYDNEY LAMB

Connectionism and Language Learning                              (28 pp.)
BRIAN MACWHINNEY

The Effect of the Interlocutor on Episodic Recall:            (45 pp.)
An Experimental Study
CONNIE DICKINSON AND T. GIVoN

The Development of Person Agreement Markers:               (63 pp.)
>From Pronouns to  Higher Accessibility Markers
MIRA ARIEL

Interpreting Usage: Construing the History of                  (25 pp.)
Dutch Causal Verbs
ARIE VERHAGEN

Investigating Language Use through Corpus-Based           (25 pp.)
Analyses of Association Patterns
DOUGLAS BIBER

Usage, Blends and Grammar                                            (30 pp.)
MICHAEL BARLOW

Subject and Author Index



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