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The Mental Corpus: How language is represented in the mind

John R. Taylor


This book argues that knowledge of a language can be thought of as a mental corpus, that is, as a repository of memories of previous linguistic encounters with the language. Features of incoming language resonate with items already stored. Similarities between stored items give rise to generalizations of varying degrees of certainty and precision, which in turn are able to sanction new and innovative expressions. The thesis is argued on the basis of both psycholinguistic and language-internal evidence. The former shows that speakers have implicit knowledge of distributional and statistical pro ... More

Keywords: corpus linguistics, mental lexicon, construction grammar, usage-based, frequency, idioms, idiomaticity, polysemy, blending, I-language, Implicit learning

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199290802
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199290802.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John R. Taylor, author