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Nouns and verbs in cognitive grammar : where is the 'sound' evidence? / Hollmann, Willem.

In: Cognitive Linguistics, Vol. 24, No. 2, 04.2013, p. 275-308.

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Hollmann, Willem. / Nouns and verbs in cognitive grammar : where is the 'sound' evidence?. In: Cognitive Linguistics. 2013 ; Vol. 24, No. 2. pp. 275-308.

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title = "Nouns and verbs in cognitive grammar: where is the 'sound' evidence?",
abstract = "Formalist approaches traditionally define word classes in distributional terms. By contrast, Cognitive Grammar advocates a semantic basis: nouns profile THINGS; verbs highlight PROCESSES. There is psycholinguistic support for the importance of semantics in lexical categorisation, but also for (language-particular) distributional and phonological properties. This paper focuses on phonology, whose importance is further underlined by data from language change and typology. Following a review of the psycholinguistic and historical linguistic and typological evidence, a gap in the literature is filled, i.e. an experiment involving the production of nonce nouns and verbs is conducted, providing further converging evidence for phonology. I then show how this evidence, although not currently recognised in Cognitive Grammar, can be straightforwardly accommodated as phonological sub-schemas. These sub-schemas are probably more important than the super-schemas proposed inCognitive Grammar (which may actually be non-existent, and anyway fail to yield clear predictions vis-{\`a}-vis empirical data). I conclude that in developing the model further, a higher degree of responsibility to all the available empirical data is called for.",
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