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By Joan Bybee

This quantity collects 3 many years of articles by means of the prestigious linguist Joan Bybee. Her articles primarily argue for the significance off frequency of use as an element within the research and clarification of language constitution. Her paintings has been very influential for a wide variety of researchers in linguistics, quite in discourse research, corpus linguistics, phonology, phonetics, and ancient linguistics.

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Formulaic language and the lexicon. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Zipf, George K. 1935. The psychobiology of language. Boston: Houghton Mifflin. Chapter 2 Word Frequency in Lexical Diffusion and the Source of Morphophonological Change T wo ideas that have been around for almost a century need to be reexamined in the light of our current theories of linguistic change. These ideas involve the relationship between word frequency and morphophonological change. I will divide morphophonological change in the traditional way into sound change, which I view as being largely, perhaps entirely, phonetically motivated, and analogy, which I consider to be primarily conceptually motivated.

Phillips, Betty S. 1984. Word frequency and the actuation of sound change. Language 60, 320–342. ———. 2001. Lexical diffusion, lexical frequency, and lexical analysis. In Frequency and the emergence of linguistic structure, ed. Joan L. Bybee and Paul Hopper, 123–126. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. , and Steven W. Keele. 1968. On the genesis of abstract ideas. Journal of Experimental Psychology 77, 353–363. , and James L. McClelland. 1986. On learning the past tenses of English verbs: Implicit rules or parallel distributed processing?

Chapter 3 reprints Bybee and Brewer (1980), which focuses on analogical changes in the preterite verbal paradigms of dialects of Castilian and Provençal. Though the changes work with different phonological material, indicating their independence from one another, the principles underlying the changes are the same. These changes point to the relative autonomy of certain forms, particularly the third singular and the first singular, which both resist change and serve as the basis of new analogical formations.

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