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Language Change, Variation, and Universals$
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Peter W. Culicover

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9780198865391

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198865391.001.0001

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Constructional economy and analogy

Constructional economy and analogy

(p.242) 10 Constructional economy and analogy
Language Change, Variation, and Universals

Peter W. Culicover

Oxford University Press

This chapter looks more deeply into what constitutes constructional economy, and why it plays a role in shaping the form of grammars. It argues that constructional economy is the consequence of what has been called ‘analogy’ in the traditional linguistics literature. Specifically, the chapter suggests that economy in constructions derives from placing a high value on the use and reuse of the components of the processing routines associated with constructional correspondences. This general approach is used to seek explanations for a range of typological patterns, referred to generally as ‘style’.

Keywords:   constructional economy, analogy, schema, parameter, language processing, Greenbergian universal, language typology

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