The case of the missing generalizations

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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.

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Pages145-155
Number of pages11
JournalCognitive Linguistics
Volume20
Issue number1
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Publication statusPublished - Feb 2009

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Crain, Stephen ; Thornton, Rosalind ; Khlentzos, Drew. / The case of the missing generalizations. In: Cognitive Linguistics. 2009 ; Vol. 20, No. 1. pp. 145-155.
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