Radical Construction Grammar
Syntactic Theory in Typological Perspective
By (author) William A. Croft
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Radical Construction Grammar by William A. Croft
Book DescriptionThis book is based on the results of research in language typology, and motivated by the need for a theory to explain them. The essence of the approach is (a) that almost all aspects of grammatical structure are language specific, and (b) that language universals are to be found in conceptual structure and in the mapping of conceptual structure on to linguistic form. It proposes intimate links between syntactic and semantic structures, and argues that the basic elements of any language are not syntactic but syntactic-semantic 'Gestalts'. Professor Croft puts forward a new approach to syntactic representation and a new model of how language and languages work. He covers a wide range of syntactic phenomena, illustrating these with examples that show the varied grammatical structures of the world's languages. The book will be accessible all linguists at graduate level and beyond.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780198299554
(243mm x 164mm x 28mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 25-Oct-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author William A. Croft
Verbs, Paperback (March 2012)
This book examines the syntax and semantics of verbs from a crosslinguistic perspective, taking full account of diachronic and usage-based research. It encompasses the full range of English verb classes, has a strong typological dimension, and presents a model of event structure that breaks new ground in predicting and explaining linguistic facts.
Genetic Linguistics, Paperback (March 2005)
This book collects Joseph Greenberg's most important writings on the genetic classification of the world's languages. William Croft sets the work in context and considers its impact and the bitter controversy it excited.
Cognitive Linguistics, Paperback (January 2004)
This book introduces the field of cognitive linguistics, presenting its theoretical foundations and the arguments supporting it.
Typology and Universals, Hardback (November 2002)» View all books by William A. Croft
A thorough rewriting to reflect advances in typology and universals in the past decade.
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Author Biography - William A. Croft
William Croft received his Ph.D. in linguistics at Stanford University in 1986. His publications includeTypology and Universals (1990), Syntactic Categories and Grammatical Relations (1991), Studies in Typology and Diachrony (coedited with Keith Denning and Suzanne Kemmer, 1990), Explaining Language Change: An Evolutionary Approach (2000), and a large number of scholarly articles. His current research areas include syntax, semantics, typology, and historical linguistics. Forthcoming books include Cognitive Linguistics (with D. Alan Cruse) and Verbs: Aspect and Argument Structure.
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