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Cognitive Foundations of Grammar

Cognitive Foundations of Grammar - 97 edition

Cognitive Foundations of Grammar - 97 edition

ISBN13: 9780195102529

ISBN10: 0195102525

Cognitive Foundations of Grammar by Bernd Heine - ISBN 9780195102529
Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 97
Copyright: 1997
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Published: 1997
International: No
Cognitive Foundations of Grammar by Bernd Heine - ISBN 9780195102529

ISBN13: 9780195102529

ISBN10: 0195102525

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 97

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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.

Author Bio

Heine, Bernd : University of Cologne, Germany