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The Substance of Language Volume I: The Domain of Syntax

John M. Anderson


This book explores the consequences for syntax of assuming that language is substantively based, or grounded, in extralinguistic cognition and perception. Groundedness does not just apply to the categories of syntax, like verb and noun, but also to other aspects of syntactic structure. Thus hierarchization (dependency), linearity, and phonological expression of categories, especially by intonation, are grammaticalizations of, respectively, cognitive salience, our perception of time, and our perception of sound. The major linguistic module of syntax is characterized by a set of categories based ... More

Keywords: notional grammar, prototypicality, ontological categories, anti‐autonomism, lexicalism, dependency, structural mutation, empty categories, finiteness

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Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199608317
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199608317.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John M. Anderson, author
University of Edinburgh

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