Word grammar is a theory of language structure and is based on the assumption that language, and indeed the whole of knowledge, is a network, and that virtually all of knowledge is learned. It combines the psychological insights of cognitive linguistics with the rigour of more formal theories. This textbook spans a broad range of topics from prototypes, activation and default inheritance to the details of syntactic, morphological and semantic structure. It introduces elementary ideas from cognitive science and uses them to explain the structure of language including a survey of English grammar.
Richard Hudson is Emeritus Professor of Linguistics at University College London. His recent publications include Language Networks: The New Word Grammar (2007).
Part I. How the Mind Works: 1. Introduction to cognitive science; 2. Categorization; 3. Network structure; 4. Network activity; Part II. How Language Works: 5. Introduction to linguistics; 6. Words as concepts; 7. Syntax; 8. Using and learning language; Part III. How English Works: 9. Introduction to English linguistics; 10. English words; 11. English syntax.