LINGUIST List 13.236

Tue Jan 29 2002

Books: Functional Linguistics.

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  1. Paul Peranteau, Functional Ling: Frequency and the Emergence of Linguistic Structure.

Message 1: Functional Ling: Frequency and the Emergence of Linguistic Structure.

Date: Mon, 28 Jan 2002 10:24:44 -0500
From: Paul Peranteau <>
Subject: Functional Ling: Frequency and the Emergence of Linguistic Structure.

New from John Benjamins Publishing:

Frequency and the Emergence of Linguistic Structure.

Joan Bybee (University of New Mexico) and Paul Hopper (Carnegie Mellon 
University Pittsburgh)

Typological Studies in Language 45 2001. vii, 492 pp

US & Canada: HB:1 58811 027 3 USD 125.00
 PB: 1 58811 028 1 USD 42.95
Rest of world: HB: 90 272 2947 3 EUR 138.00
 PB: 90 272 2948 1 EUR 47.00

A mainstay of functional linguistics has been the claim that
linguistic elements and patterns that are frequently used in discourse
become conventionalized as grammar. This book addresses the two issues
that are basic to this claim: first, the question of what types of
elements are frequently used in discourse and second, the question of
how frequency of use affects cognitive representations. Reporting on
evidence from natural conversation, diachronic change, variability,
child language acquisition and psycholinguistic experimentation the
original articles in this book support two major principles. First,
the content of people's interactions consists of a preponderance of
subjective, evaluative statements, dominated by the use of pronouns,
copulas and intransitive clauses. Second, the frequency with which
certain items and strings of items are used has a profound influence
on the way language is broken up into chunks in memory storage, the
way such chunks are related to other stored material and the ease with
which they are accessed to produce new utterances.

Contributions by:Joan Bybee and Paul Hopper; Sandra A. Thompson and
Paul J. Hopper; Joanne Scheibman; Naomi Hallan; Betty S. Phillips;
Janet B. Pierrehumbert; Stefan Frisch, Nathan R. Large, Bushra
Zawaydeh and David B. Pisoni; Mary L. Hare, Michael Ford and William
D. Marslen-Wilson; Greville Corbett, Andrew Hippisley, Dunstan Brown
and Paul Marriott; Daniel Jurafsky, Alan Bell, Michelle Gregory and
William D. Raymond; Nathan Bush; Catie Berkenfield; Manfred G. Krug;
Joan Bybee; K. Aaron Smith; Joyce Tang Boyland; Shana Poplack,
Gertraud Fenk-Oczlon; Brian Macwhinney; �sten Dahl.

			John Benjamins Publishing Co.
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