Questions with long-distance dependencies: a usage-based perspective

Dabrowska, Ewa (2008) Questions with long-distance dependencies: a usage-based perspective. Cognitive Linguistics, 19 (3). pp. 391-425. ISSN 0936-5907

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1515/COGL.2008.015

Abstract

Attested questions with long-distance dependencies (e.g., What do you think you’re doing?) tend to be quite stereotypical: the matrix clause usually consists of a WH word, the auxiliary do or did, the pronoun you,
and the verb think or say, with no other elements; and they virtually never contain more than one subordinate clause. This has lead some researchers in the usage-based framework (Da˛browska 2004; Verhagen 2005) to hypothesise that speakers’ knowledge about such constructions is best explained in terms of relatively specific, low level templates rather than general rules that apply ‘‘across the board’’. The research reported here was designed to test this hypothesis and alternative hypotheses derived from
rule-based theories.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: usage-based model, long-distance dependencies, unbounded dependencies, acceptability judgment experiment, prototype effects
Subjects: Q100 Linguistics
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Social Sciences & Languages
Depositing User: EPrint Services
Date Deposited: 03 Jun 2010 13:59
Last Modified: 17 May 2017 15:17
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/1150

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