Constructing a Language

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Harvard University Press, Jun 30, 2009 - Psychology - 398 pages
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In this groundbreaking book, Tomasello presents a comprehensive usage-based theory of language acquisition. Drawing together a vast body of empirical research in cognitive science, linguistics, and developmental psychology, Tomasello demonstrates that we don't need a self-contained "language instinct" to explain how children learn language. Their linguistic ability is interwoven with other cognitive abilities.
 

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Contents

1 UsageBased Linguistics
1
2 Origins of Language
8
3 Words
43
4 Early Syntactic Constructions
94
5 Abstract Syntactic Constructions
144
6 Nominal and Clausal Constructions
196
7 Complex Constructions and Discourse
243
8 Biological Cultural and Ontogenetic Processes
282
9 Toward a Psychology of Language Acquisition
323
References
331
Acknowledgments
373
Index
375
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