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Word Grammar

Nikolas Gisborne

in The Event Structure of Perception Verbs

Published in print February 2010 | ISBN: 9780199577798
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191722417 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199577798.003.0002
Word Grammar

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This chapter presents the main salient features of Word Grammar. Word Grammar is a formal theory in the cognitive framework which eschews phrase structure, and which treats language as a network. The chapter begins with a chapter of reference in cognitive theories; moves on to an account of syntactic and semantic composition; explores default inheritance which is the formal aspect of Word Grammar; discusses argument linking, dependency types, and predicate types. The chapter ends with a discussion of some of the theoretical consequences of the Word Grammar position, and an account of what is forthcoming. The section on inheritance is the longest in the chapter, and it discusses some of the consequences of the WG treatment of inheritance for other topics that come up in the book such as polysemy and the question of whether syntax and semantics are discrete systems.

Keywords: word grammar; cognitive linguistics; reference; default inheritance; semantic relations; dependency; dependency classes; event classes; relational concepts; non‐relational concepts

Chapter.  16099 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Semantics

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