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Constructions of Intersubjectivity: Discourse, Syntax, and Cognition

Arie Verhagen


This book shows that the meaning of grammatical constructions often has more to do with the human cognitive capacity for taking other peoples' points of view than with describing the world. Treating pragmatics, semantics, and syntax in parallel and integrating insights from linguistics, psychology, and studies in animal behaviour, the book develops a new understanding of linguistic communication. In doing so it shows the continuity between language and animal communication and reveals the nature of human linguistic specialization. The book uses Dutch and English data from a wide variety of sou ... More

Keywords: grammatical constructions, human cognitive capacity, animal behaviour, linguistic communication, animal communication, human linguistic specialization, Dutch, English, negative expressions, discourse connectives

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199226702
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199226702.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Arie Verhagen, author
University of Leiden
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