Simpler semantics for computational and cognitive linguistics

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Hywel Evans


Certain consequences are considered regarding a simpler, more cognitively plausible treatment of semantics in SignBased Construction Grammar, a cognitive, unification- based theory of language. It is proposed that a construction grammar may be able to improve its coverage of core linguistic phenomena in line with minimalist goals (Chomsky 1993). Suggestions are offered regarding relative clauses and wh-expressions to show that a more straightforward account is available, one that allows a unified treatment of scope for quantifiers and wh-expressions.


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Evans, H. (2019). Simpler semantics for computational and cognitive linguistics. Investigationes Linguisticae, 41, 17-31.