Introduction: Analogy in grammar

James P. Blevins and Juliette Blevins

in Analogy in Grammar

Published in print July 2009 | ISBN: 9780199547548
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191720628 | DOI:
Introduction: Analogy in grammar

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The rise of analogy in grammatical descriptions is strongly associated with the Neogrammarian tradition of the 19th century. In that tradition, analogical change was compared with regular sound change. In contrast, 20th century linguistics pits analogical generalizations against rules of grammar. This introductory chapter questions the analogy vs. rule dichotomy. Descriptive, experimental, and developmental data suggests an analogy continuum, with rules at one extreme, and words at the other.

Keywords: analogy; grammar; history of linguistics; words vs. rules; probabilistic linguistics

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Subjects: Psycholinguistics

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