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Explain Me This

Author : Adele E. Goldberg
ISBN : 9780691183954
Genre : Psychology
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Why our use of language is highly creative yet also constrained We use words and phrases creatively to express ourselves in ever-changing contexts, readily extending language constructions in new ways. Yet native speakers also implicitly know when a creative and easily interpretable formulation—such as “Explain me this” or “She considered to go”—doesn’t sound quite right. In this incisive book, Adele Goldberg explores how these creative but constrained language skills emerge from a combination of general cognitive mechanisms and experience. Shedding critical light on an enduring linguistic paradox, Goldberg demonstrates how words and abstract constructions are generalized and constrained in the same ways. When learning language, we record partially abstracted tokens of language within the high-dimensional conceptual space that is used when we speak or listen. Our implicit knowledge of language includes dimensions related to form, function, and social context. At the same time, abstract memory traces of linguistic usage-events cluster together on a subset of dimensions, with overlapping aspects strengthened via repetition. In this way, dynamic categories that correspond to words and abstract constructions emerge from partially overlapping memory traces, and as a result, distinct words and constructions compete with one another each time we select them to express our intended messages. While much of the research on this puzzle has favored semantic or functional explanations over statistical ones, Goldberg’s approach stresses that both the functional and statistical aspects of constructions emerge from the same learning mechanisms.
Category: Psychology

The Mental Corpus

Author : John R. Taylor
ISBN : 9780199290802
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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John Taylor argues that an individual's knowledge of a language is a repository of memories. Similarities between items lead to generalizations then used to generate new expressions. He makes a compelling contribution to understanding language and the operations of the mind. The book will appeal to linguists, philosophers, and cognitive scientists.
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Access To Justice In Microfinance

Author : Yasmin Olteanu
ISBN : 9783319953243
Genre : Business & Economics
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This book analyzes the whole path to justice: from the decision to enter the path to justice until justice is achieved and applies a mixed-methods approach using quantitative and qualitative data. It deliberately takes the consumer’s perspective and, beyond the scope of existing studies, does not only take into account the existence of mechanisms and forums to claim justice, but their appropriateness for vulnerable target groups. The book sheds more light on microfinance and other vulnerable clients who, due to existing barriers, cannot access grievance, redress or complaint mechanisms. Eliminating these access barriers would cater to the achievement of the 16th Sustainable Development Goal by increasing vulnerable consumers’ Access to Justice. This book will be of interest to academics researching access to justice, researchers focusing on consumer protection issues in developing countries, and practitioners working in financial inclusion.
Category: Business & Economics

Love Letters

Author : Sandra Leigh Savage
ISBN : 9781462050697
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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When author Sandra Leigh Savages husband committed suicide in 1997, she went into isolation for a year. In this memoir, she shares her journey from the grief she experienced to her vision of a great new life. Love Letters, a collection of letters begun in September 2010, provides a snapshot of Savages sorrows, joys, and reflections. Through these vignettes, she says her good-byes, notes her thanks, and provides advice for those who may have experienced the death of a spouse. This collection provides insight into how she survived the death of her husband, came to know and believe in the saving grace of God, and made the decision to stay on this earth to fulfill Gods wishes. Emotional and self-disclosing, Love Letters shares Savages personal message of living each day with no regrets. Through her life events, she expresses how placing your trust in the Lord can guide you through lifes bad moments and help you to full appreciate lifes good moments.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Jesus Keeps Me This Side Of Crazy

Author : D. L. Seeker
ISBN : 9781589826243
Genre : Religion
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Following one woman's spiritual journey, this book is a funny anecdotal story about Christie, a woman who tries to live her life each day with a spiritual outlook and how some days are easier than others.Taking us on a journey of her life, the character shows how her relationship with God comes to play a part in daily events, allowing both humor and sadness to play a role as she experiences the many twists and turns of life.Complete with a chapter of revelations and thoughts by the character that are meant to inspire and add insight on living with a spiritual outlook, this book helps inspire us to look to God as we move throughout our daily lives.
Category: Religion

Confucius From The Heart

Author : Yu Dan
ISBN : 9781416596561
Genre : History
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Presents an introduction to Confucius' work "The Analects," discussing how the Chinese philosopher's advice for achieving inner spiritual harmony and peace can be applied to everyday situations in modern life.
Category: History

Dirty Diana

Author : Charlene Diane Mitchell
ISBN : 9781477103586
Genre : Fiction
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Charlene Diane Mitchell is a native of Southern California and has earned her Baccalaureate Degree in Liberal Studies at California State University Northridge, and she has earned her Masters Degree from National University in Counseling Psychology. She has recently released three books: "Blu' Tonic Relationships", "White For One Night", and "The Willis Mitchell Story". These books are striking the publics interests and are great resources for Black History.
Category: Fiction

Written In The Stars

Author : Aisha Saeed
ISBN : 9780698185920
Genre : Young Adult Fiction
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This heart-wrenching novel explores what it is like to be thrust into an unwanted marriage. Has Naila’s fate been written in the stars? Or can she still make her own destiny? Naila’s conservative immigrant parents have always said the same thing: She may choose what to study, how to wear her hair, and what to be when she grows up—but they will choose her husband. Following their cultural tradition, they will plan an arranged marriage for her. And until then, dating—even friendship with a boy—is forbidden. When Naila breaks their rule by falling in love with Saif, her parents are livid. Convinced she has forgotten who she truly is, they travel to Pakistan to visit relatives and explore their roots. But Naila’s vacation turns into a nightmare when she learns that plans have changed—her parents have found her a husband and they want her to marry him, now! Despite her greatest efforts, Naila is aghast to find herself cut off from everything and everyone she once knew. Her only hope of escape is Saif . . . if he can find her before it’s too late.
Category: Young Adult Fiction