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Cognitive Foundations of Grammar

Cognitive Foundations of Grammar - 97 edition

ISBN13: 978-0195102529

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ISBN13: 978-0195102529
ISBN10: 0195102525
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 97
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Published: 1997
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Cognitive Foundations of Grammar - 97 edition

ISBN13: 978-0195102529

Bernd Heine

ISBN13: 978-0195102529
ISBN10: 0195102525
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 97
Publisher: Oxford University Press

Published: 1997
International: No
Summary

The main function of language is to convey meaning. The question of why language is structured the way it is, Heine here argues, has therefore to be answered first of all with reference to this function. Linguistic explanations in terms of other exponents of language structure, e.g. of syntax, are likely to highlight peripheral or epi-phenomenal rather than central characteristics of language structure. This book uses basic findings on grammaticalization processes to describe the role of cognitive forces in shaping grammar. It provides students with an introductory treatment of a field of linguistics that has developed recently and is rapidly expanding.

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Heine, Bernd : University of Cologne, Germany

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