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Prologue

John M. Anderson

in The Substance of Language Volume III

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780199608331
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191732119 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199608331.003.0001
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This provides an introduction to the volume and how it relates to the other volumes in the trilogy ‘The Substance of Language’. It presents an overview of a substantively-based grammar in which all aspects of structure are seen as grammaticalizations of aspects of cognition and perception, some universal some not. A language is a set of representations and re-representations in different grammaticalized media: sound perception vs. conceptualization. The present volume examines the role of these media in the analogies and dis-analogies in structure between the two planes of phonology and syntax. Groundedness and modularity are basic analogies, as is the dependency relation, introduced here. Groundedness both stimulates the presence of analogy and imposes different restrictions on the structures in the two planes.

Keywords: substantively-based grammar; representation; re-representation; grammaticalization; analogy; dis-analogy; modularity; dependency

Chapter.  5465 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Grammar, Syntax and Morphology

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