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An Introduction to Word Grammar

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  • Date Published: September 2010
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521721646

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  • Word grammar is a theory of language structure and is based on the assumption that language, and indeed the whole of knowledge, is a network, and that virtually all of knowledge is learned. It combines the psychological insights of cognitive linguistics with the rigour of more formal theories. This textbook spans a broad range of topics from prototypes, activation and default inheritance to the details of syntactic, morphological and semantic structure. It introduces elementary ideas from cognitive science and uses them to explain the structure of language including a survey of English grammar.

    • Original book structure allows readers to choose different routes depending on their level of knowledge
    • Each chapter uses examples and diagrams to enhance understanding
    • Online material supports both instructors and students, providing practical exercises and short texts for students to analyse
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    'Masterfully written and meticulously organised, Richard Hudson's book describes how general principles of categorization and cognitive processing give rise to the network structure of language, and English grammar in particular. This is essential and accessible reading for anyone interested in the induction, generalization and organization of language in the mind.' Peter Robinson, Aoyama Gakuin University

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2010
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521721646
    • length: 348 pages
    • dimensions: 247 x 174 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.69kg
    • contains: 106 b/w illus. 12 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. How the Mind Works:
    1. Introduction to cognitive science
    2. Categorization
    3. Network structure
    4. Network activity
    Part II. How Language Works:
    5. Introduction to linguistics
    6. Words as concepts
    7. Syntax
    8. Using and learning language
    Part III. How English Works:
    9. Introduction to English linguistics
    10. English words
    11. English syntax.

  • Author

    Richard Hudson, University College London
    Richard Hudson is Emeritus Professor of Linguistics at University College London. His recent publications include Language Networks: The New Word Grammar (2007).

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