Abstract Phonology in a Concrete Model: Cognitive by Tore Nesset

By Tore Nesset

This ebook is suitable for phonologists, morphologists, Slavists and cognitive linguists, and addresses questions: How can the morphology-phonology interface be accommodated in cognitive linguistics? Do morphophonological alternations have a that means? those questions are explored through a complete research of stem alternations in Russian verbs. The research is couched in R.W. Langacker's Cognitive Grammar framework, and the publication bargains comparisons to different different types of cognitive linguistics, corresponding to building Grammar and Conceptual Integration. The proposed research is additionally in comparison to rule-based and constraint-based ways to phonology in generative grammar.

Without resorting to underlying representations or procedural principles, the Cognitive Linguistics framework allows an insightful method of summary phonology, providing the real benefit of restrictiveness. Cognitive Grammar presents an research of a whole morphophonological procedure by way of a parsimonious set of theoretical constructs that every one have cognitive motivation. No advert hoc equipment is invoked, and the research yields powerful empirical predictions. one other virtue is that Cognitive Grammar can determine the that means of morphophonological alternations. for instance, it truly is argued that stem alternations in Russian verbs conspire to sign non-past meaning.

This booklet is out there to a extensive readership and gives a welcome contribution to phonology and morphology, that have been understudied in cognitive linguistics.

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