The case of the missing generalizations

Stephen Crain*, Rosalind Thornton, Drew Khlentzos

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This review discusses several kinds of linguistic generalizations that pose a challenge for the constructionist approach to linguistic generalizations advocated by Adele Goldberg. It is difficult to see, for example, how such an account can explain the wide-ranging linguistic phenomena governed by structural properties, such as c-command, or semantic properties, such as downward entailment. We also argue against Goldberg's rejection of formal semantics in favour of an account of meaning based primarily on information structure and discourse function.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)145-155
Number of pages11
JournalCognitive Linguistics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2009


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