Creative analogy and language evolution

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Abstract

The English "good and" intensifier is discussed as an example of a form that is acceptable even though ungrammatical, both synchronically and diachronically. The construction is analyzed as a case of creative analogy: the extension of a grammatically generated form to a new function, one for which it has no direct grammatical justification. From the perspective of a "dynamic" theory of language acquisition and evolution, it is argued that such forms constitute a new sort of evidence regarding the nature of language universals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)595-617
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Psycholinguistic Research
Volume9
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 1980

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Psychology(all)
  • Linguistics and Language

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