Word grammar


Word grammar

Word grammar is a grammar model developed by Richard Hudson in the 1980s. It is based on the dependency grammar model, in which information is almost entirely contained in the lexical entries for particular words, and syntax is seen as consisting primarily of rules for combining words. The central syntactic relation is that of dependency between words; constituent structure is not recognized except in the special case of coordinate structures. Statements about words and their properties form a complex network of propositions.

Word grammar began in the tradition of cognitive linguistics, which models language as part of general knowledge and not as a specialised mental faculty. ["Word Grammar: New Perspectives on a Theory of Language Structure", Kensei Sugayama, et al., 2006, p.xv. ISBN 0826486452] This is in contrast to the nativism of Noam Chomsky and his students. More recent work on Word Grammar cites neurocognitive linguistics as a source of inspiration for the idea that language is nothing but a network.

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* [http://www.phon.ucl.ac.uk/home/dick/wg.htm General introduction]
* [http://www.phon.ucl.ac.uk/home/dick/enc-gen.htm Word grammar presented in an encyclopedic style]
* cite paper
first = Holmes
last = Jasper
title = Lexical properties of English verbs (Phd thesis)
publisher = University of London
date = 2005
url = http://www.coventry.ac.uk/cu/external/content/1/c4/71/73/v1211898394/user/lexpro.pdf
format = PDF (341 pages)
accessdate = 2008-06-07


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