Arbitrary structure, cognitive grammar, and the partes orationis

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This usage-based study tests the explanatory power of an iconically motivated theory of lexical class. The principle that basic level gram matical categories are motivated by our direct perceptual experience is an integral part of Cognitive Grammar (Langacker 1987, Talmy 2000). However, recent research on English, Dutch, and German (Glynn 2006, 2007) has… (More)

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