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The Resource Explain me this : creativity, competition, and the partial productivity of constructions, Adele E. Goldberg

Explain me this : creativity, competition, and the partial productivity of constructions, Adele E. Goldberg

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Explain me this : creativity, competition, and the partial productivity of constructions
Title
Explain me this
Title remainder
creativity, competition, and the partial productivity of constructions
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Adele E. Goldberg
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Language
eng
Summary
Our use of language is highly creative yet also constrained, we use words and phrases creatively to express ourselves in ever-changing contexts, readily extending language constructions in new ways. Yet native speakers also implicitly know when a creative and easily interpretable formulation-such as "Explain me this" or "She considered to go"-doesn't sound quite right. In this incisive book, Adele Goldberg explores how these creative but constrained language skills emerge from a combination of general cognitive mechanisms and experience.Shedding critical light on an enduring linguistic paradox, Goldberg demonstrates how words and abstract constructions are generalized and constrained in the same ways. When learning language, we record partially abstracted tokens of language within the high-dimensional conceptual space that is used when we speak or listen. Our implicit knowledge of language includes dimensions related to form, function, and social context. At the same time, abstract memory traces of linguistic usage-events cluster together on a subset of dimensions, with overlapping aspects strengthened via repetition. In this way, dynamic categories that correspond to words and abstract constructions emerge from partially overlapping memory traces, and as a result, distinct words and constructions compete with one another each time we select them to express our intended messages.While much of the research on this puzzle has favored semantic or functional explanations over statistical ones, Goldberg's approach stresses that both the functional and statistical aspects of constructions emerge from the same learning mechanisms
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Goldberg, Adele E.,
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illustrations
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index present
Literary form
non fiction
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  • Psycholinguistics
  • Discourse analysis
  • 17.61 pragmatics
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Explain me this : creativity, competition, and the partial productivity of constructions, Adele E. Goldberg
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 147-181) and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Word meanings -- Constructions as invitations to form categories -- Creativity : coverage is key -- Competition : statistical preemption -- Age and accessibility effects -- The roads not taken -- Where we are and what lies ahead
Control code
1032723071
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 195 pages
Isbn
9780691174266
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1032723071
Label
Explain me this : creativity, competition, and the partial productivity of constructions, Adele E. Goldberg
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 147-181) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Word meanings -- Constructions as invitations to form categories -- Creativity : coverage is key -- Competition : statistical preemption -- Age and accessibility effects -- The roads not taken -- Where we are and what lies ahead
Control code
1032723071
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 195 pages
Isbn
9780691174266
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1032723071

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