The nature of generalization in language

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This paper provides a concise overview of Constructions at Work (Goldberg 2006). The book aims to investigate the relevant levels of generalization in adult language, how and why generalizations are learned by children, and how to account for cross-linguistic generalizations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)93-127
Number of pages35
JournalCognitive Linguistics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Linguistics and Language


  • Argument omission
  • Argument realization
  • Category induction
  • Constructionist approach
  • Information structure
  • Islands
  • Learning, categorization
  • Linking rules
  • Scope
  • Statistical preemption
  • Usage-based, argument structure constructions


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