This volume brings together 17 papers resulting from the third conference on Conceptual Structure, Discourse and Language (CSDL 3), held at the University of Colorado at Boulder in May 1997. Since the first CSDL conference held in San Diego in 1994, the CSDL series has created a spirited forum for exchange between practitioners of cognitive and functional linguistics. The papers in this volume focus on the motivations for linguistic patterning in human social and cognitive experience, and on the dynamic properties of language construal, use, and development. The papers collected here are a rich sampling of the complex data, innovative methods and fresh research questions undertaken by scholars in the cognitive-functional traditions. Among the main research avenues represented in this volume are grammaticalization, child language learning, categorization, conversational practice, and linguistic knowledge representation.
Preface; 1. From core to periphery: a study on the directionality of syntactic change in Japanese; 2. On the extension of body-part nouns to object-part nouns and spatial adpositions; 3. Noun classes: language change and learning; 4. Multifunctionality: the developmental path of the quotative tte in Japanese; 5. Suppletion in the paradigms of copula verbs; 6. Learning the English passive construction; 7. Verb roots and caregiver speech in early Tzotzil (Mayan) acquisition; 8. Cue coordination: an alternative to word meaning biases; 9. A cross-linguistic study of early acquisition of nouns and verbs in English and Japanese; 10. Fake guns and stone lions: conceptual blending and privative adjectives; 11. The system of metaphors for mind and the conceptual system of analytic philosophy: a study of the metaphorical constraints on philosophical discourse; 12. Lexical meaning and discourse patterning - the three Mandarin cases of 'build'; 13. Fuzzy at first sight: the case of two Dutch prepositions; 14. The semantics of place, time, and way and their strange syntactic behavior: a construction grammar analysis; 15. On a tué le président! the nature of passives and ultra-indefinites; 16. The syntactic organization of repair in Bikol; 17. Tone-choice repair in conversational Mandarin Chinese.
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