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In the first volume of a new series, Langacker has collected, updated, and slightly revised 12 papers previously published in a variety of journals, explaining his theories of the symbolic nature of all valid grammatical elements and constructs, and the continuum of grammar and the lexicon. He applies the principles of cognitive grammar to a variety of languages and language groups, showing its use in both synchronic and diachronic analysis of such problems as locatives, passive voice, agreement, and the semantic characterization of basic grammatical classes. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.
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"Langacker [...] has been one of the most productive and visible of the cognitive linguistic theorists, and one of the most influential in bringing linguistics as a discipline into line with the compelling work of other cognitive theorists in social science fields."Eve Sweetser and Patricia Hunt in: Semiotica "The most coherent and detailed body of research in cognitive linguistics." H. Stephen Straight and Mathew T. Davidson in:International Studies in Philosophy