This paper describes the results of several studies which address the question whether speakers' representations of the patterns of their language are indeed as general as the rules proposed by most modern linguists. The next two sections summarize the results of several experimental studies designed to provide evidence about the generality of speakers' knowledge of inflectional morphology. Then a construction which has been extensively studied by syntacticians working in the generative tradition is discussed: English questions with long distance dependencies. The final section discusses the implications of these studies for linguistic theory and methodology.
|Title of host publication||Cognitive foundations of linguistic usage patterns|
|Editors||H. Schmid, S. Handl|
|Place of Publication||New York|
|Publication status||Published - 2010|
|Name||Applications of Cognitive Linguistics [ACL]|
|Publisher||De Gruyter Mouton|