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Volume 20, Issue 1


The case of the missing generalizations

Stephen Crain / Rosalind Thornton / Drew Khlentzos
Published Online: 2009-02-10 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/COGL.2009.008


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.

Keywords:: language acquisition; innateness; semantics; first order logic

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Received: 2007-08-30

Revised: 2008-01-24

Published Online: 2009-02-10

Published in Print: 2009-02-01

Citation Information: Cognitive Linguistics, Volume 20, Issue 1, Pages 145–155, ISSN (Online) 1613-3641, ISSN (Print) 0936-5907, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/COGL.2009.008.

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