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Constructions at Work: The Nature of Generalization in Language

Adele Goldberg


This book investigates the nature of generalizations in language, drawing parallels between our linguistic knowledge and more general conceptual knowledge. The book combines theoretical, corpus, and experimental methodology to provide a constructionist account of how linguistic generalizations are learned, and how cross-linguistic and language-internal generalizations can be explained. Part I argues that broad generalizations involve the surface forms in language, and that much of our knowledge of language consists of a delicate balance of specific items and generalizations over those items. P ... More

Keywords: generalizations, theoretical methodology, corpus methodology, experimental methodology, cross-linguistic generalizations, language-internal generalizations

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780199268511
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199268511.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Adele Goldberg, author
Princeton University
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