Theory and Data in Cognitive Linguistics

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Cognitive linguistics has an honourable tradition of paying respect to naturally occurring language data and there have been fruitful interactions between corpus data and aspects of linguistic structure and meaning. More recently, dialect data and sociolinguistic data collection methods/theoretical concepts have started to generate interest. There has also been an increase in several kinds of experimental work. However, not all linguistic data is simply naturally occurring or derived from experiments with statistically robust samples of speakers. Other traditions, especially the generative tradition, have fruitfully used introspection and questions about the grammaticality of different strings to uncover patterns which might otherwise have gone unnoticed. The divide between generative and cognitive approaches to language is intimately connected to the kinds of data drawn on, and the way in which generalisations are derived from these data. The papers in this volume explore these issues through the lens of synchronic linguistic analysis, the study of language change, typological investigation and experimental study. Originally published in Studies in Language Vol. 36:3 (2012).
[Benjamins Current Topics, 67]  2014.  v, 262 pp.
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Table of Contents
Introduction
Theory and data in cognitive linguistics
Nikolas Gisborne and Willem B. Hollmann
1–14
Frequencies, probabilities, and association measures in usage-/exemplar-based linguistics: Some necessary clarifications
Stefan Th. Gries
15–48
Reconstructing constructional semantics: The dative subject construction in Old Norse-Icelandic, Latin, Ancient Greek, Old Russian and Old Lithuanian
Jóhanna Barðdal, Thomas Smitherman, Valgerður Bjarnadóttir, Serena Danesi, Gard B. Jenset and Barbara McGillivray
49–85
The historical development of the it-cleft: A comparison of two different approaches
Amanda L. Patten
87–114
Theory and data in diachronic Construction Grammar: The case of the what with construction
Graeme Trousdale
115–140
The semantics of definite expressions and the grammaticalization of THE
Nikolas Gisborne
141–183
Cognitive explanations, distributional evidence, and diachrony
Sonia Cristofaro
185–210
Word classes: Towards a more comprehensive usage-based account
Willem B. Hollmann
211–238
Smashing new results on aspectual framing: How people talk about car accidents
Teenie Matlock, David Sparks, Justin L. Matthews, Jeremy Hunter and Stephanie Huette
239–259
Index
261–262
“Comprehensive, informative and insightful, this volume brings together a series of extraordinarily careful analyses which significantly advance our understanding of language and will be useful to students and established researchers alike. The contributions make connections between theory and data, investigations of lexis and syntax, form and function, and diachrony and synchrony in a synthesis that embraces 'traditional' cognitive linguistic topics as well as phenomena that have hitherto been within the purview of formalist approaches.”
Subjects
BIC Subject: CFK – Grammar, syntax
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2014020747