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Foundations of Cognitive Grammar

This is the second volume of a two-volume work that introduces a new and fundamentally different conception of language structure and linguistic investigation. The central claim of cognitive grammar is that grammar forms a continuum with lexicon and is fully describable in terms of symbolic units (i.e. form-meaning pairings). In contrast to current orthodoxy, the author argues that grammar is not autonomous with respect to semantics, but rather reduces to patterns for the structuring and symbolization of conceptual content. This volume suggests how to use the theoretical tools presented in Volume I, applying cognitive grammar to a broad array of representative grammatical phenomena, primarily (but by no means exclusively) drawn from English.
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Table of Contents

Review and introduction Part I. Nominal Structure: 1. Nouns 2. Nominals: functional organization 3. Nominals: grounding and quantification 4. Nominal Constructions Part II. Clause Structure: 5. The auxiliary: clausal head 6. The auxiliary: grounding 7. Transitivity and grammatical relations 8. Marked clause structure 9. Ergativity and case Part III. Beyond the Clause: 10. Complex sentences 11. Further issues 12. Theoritical discussion Glossary References Index.

About the Author

Ronald W. Langacker is Professor of Linguistics at the University of California, San Diego. He is the author or editor of several books on linguistics.


"The amount of data and the wealth of analyses presented is impressive... Langacker has again succeeded in producing a very stimulating and coherent piece of work. And the material analyses offered deserve much more careful attention and reflection than is possible within the limits of a review." - Canadian Journal of Linguistics

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