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Radical Construction Grammar: Syntactic Theory in Typological Perspective

William Croft


This book presents a profound critique of syntactic theory and syntactic argumentation. Recent syntactic theories are essentially formal models for the representation of grammatical knowledge. These theories posit complex syntactic structures in the analysis of sentences, consisting of atomic primitive syntactic categories and relations. The result of this approach to syntax has been an endless cycle of new and revised theories of syntactic representation. The book argues that these types of syntactic theories are incompatible with the grammatical variation found within and across languages. T ... More

Keywords: construction, conceptual space, grammatical variation, semantic map, typology, syntactic argumentation, syntactic representation, syntactic relations

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780198299554
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198299554.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

William Croft, author
Professor of Linguistics at the University of New Mexico, USA
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