Beyond Grammar: An Experience-Based Theory of Language

Beyond Grammar An Experience Based Theory of Language During the last few years a new approach to linguistic analysis has started to emerge This approach which has come to be known under various labels such as data oriented parsing corpus based inter

  • Title: Beyond Grammar: An Experience-Based Theory of Language
  • Author: Rens Bod
  • ISBN: 9781575861500
  • Page: 180
  • Format: Paperback
  • During the last few years, a new approach to linguistic analysis has started to emerge This approach, which has come to be known under various labels such as data oriented parsing , corpus based interpretation and treebank grammar , assumes that human language comprehension and production works with representations of concrete past language experiences rather than witDuring the last few years, a new approach to linguistic analysis has started to emerge This approach, which has come to be known under various labels such as data oriented parsing , corpus based interpretation and treebank grammar , assumes that human language comprehension and production works with representations of concrete past language experiences rather than with abstract grammatical rules It operates by decomposing the given representations into fragments and recomposing those pieces to analyze infinitely many new utterances This book shows how this general approach can apply to various kinds of linguistic representations Experiments with this approach suggest that the productive units of natural language cannot be defined by a minimal set of rules or principles, but need to be defined by a large, redundant set of previously experienced structures Bod argues that this outcome has important consequences for linguistic theory, leading to an entirely new view of the nature of linguistic competence.

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    1. Chomskyan linguistics claims that people are born with a universal grammar, tune it to the grammar of their native language in childhood, and understand and produce language based on the tuned grammar. There is an anti-Chomskyan "data-oriented" movement in linguistics that says that instead, people understand and produce language based on the compressed representation of their past linguistic experiences. For example, a grammar of English can parse "time flies" both as "time passes very fast" an [...]

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