Linguistic Structure and Change: An Explanation from Language Processing

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Contents
List of Abbreviationsxii
1. On the 'Art' of Explanation1
1.1. The State of the Art in Generative Linguistics1
1.2. Explanation as an Epistemological Problem8
1.3. Is There Anything to Explain?11
2. Explanation from a Macrolinguistic Perspective18
2.1. The Neurological Approach19
2.2. The Phonetic Approach23
2.3. The Psychological Approach27
2.4. The Semiotic Approach37
2.5. The Functional-Communicative Approach40
2.6. The Pragmatic Approach42
2.7. The Sociocultural Approach45
2.8. The Historical Approach49
2.9. The System-Internal Approach51
2.10. Conclusion53
3. Method56
3.1. Prediction Instead of Post Hoc Explanation56
3.2. The Explanans: Psycholinguistic Patterns58
3.3. The Explanandum: Linguistic Patterns63
3.4. Relating Psycholinguistics to Linguistics65
4. Language Structure68
4.1. The Representational Status of Phonemes69
4.2. The Structure of Onsets and Codas73
4.3. The Structure of Syllable Contacts79
4.4. Word Onset Structure in German and Spanish83
4.5. Subsyllabic Suprasegmental Constituents85
4.6. Constraints on the Repetition of Identical Elements88
4.7. The Status of the Syllable98
4.8. The Role of Lexical Stress102
4.9. Stress and Its Effect on Consonants and Vowels106
4.10. Stress and Syllable Structure in English/German and Spanish110
4.11. Assimilation113
4.12. The Position of Phonological and Morphological Processes in Words118

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Preface vii
  • Contents ix
  • List of Abbreviations xii
  • 1 - On the 'Art' of Explanation 1
  • 2 - Explanation from a Macrolinguistic Perspective 18
  • 3 - Method 56
  • 4 - Language Structure 68
  • 5 - Language Change 165
  • 6 - Poetic Language 259
  • 7 - Discussion 278
  • 8 - A Psycholinguistic Model of Language Structure and Change 282
  • 9 - Implications for Psycholinguistic Theory 300
  • 10 - The Overall Perspective: Reductionist or Non-Reductionist? 302
  • References 314
  • Index 333
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