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Constructing a Language

A Usage-Based Theory of Language Acquisition

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$33.50 • £26.95 • €30.00

ISBN 9780674017641

Publication Date: 03/31/2005

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408 pages

19 line illustrations, 16 tables

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  • 1. Usage-Based Linguistics
  • 2. Origins of Language
    • 2.1 Phylogenetic Origins
    • 2.2 Ontogenetic Origins
    • 2.3 Children’s First Utterances
    • 2.4 Summary
  • 3. Words
    • 3.1 Early Words and their Uses
    • 3.2 Processes of Word Learning
    • 3.3 Theories of Word Learning
    • 3.4 Summary
  • 4. Early Syntactic Constructions
    • 4.1 The Nature of Constructions
    • 4.2 Early Constructional Islands
    • 4.3 Marking Syntactic Roles
    • 4.4 Summary
  • 5. Abstract Syntactic Constructions
    • 5.1 Abstract Constructions
    • 5.2 Constructing Constructions
    • 5.3 Constraining Constructions
    • 5.4 Theories of Syntactic Development
    • 5.5 Summary
  • 6. Nominal and Clausal Constructions
    • 6.1 Reference and Nominals
    • 6.2 Predication and Clauses
    • 6.3 Learning Morphology
    • 6.4 Summary
  • 7. Complex Constructions and Discourse
    • 7.1 Complex Constructions
    • 7.2 Conversation and Narrative
    • 7.3 Summary
  • 8. Biological, Cultural, and Ontogenetic Processes
    • 8.1 Dual Inheritance
    • 8.2 Psycholinguistic Processes of Acquisition
    • 8.3 Psycholinguistic Processes of Production
    • 8.4 The Development of Linguistic Representations
    • 8.5 Summary
  • 9. Toward a Psychology of Language Acquisition
  • References
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index

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