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Books: Semantics: Boas (2003)

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  1. sosa, A Constructional Approach to Resultatives: Boas (2003)

Message 1: A Constructional Approach to Resultatives: Boas (2003)

Date: Wed, 06 Aug 2003 13:03:21 +0000
From: sosa <>
Subject: A Constructional Approach to Resultatives: Boas (2003)

Title: A Constructional Approach to Resultatives
Series Title: Stanford Monographs in Linguistics
Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: CSLI Publications		 
Author: Hans C. Boas, University of Texas at Austin and the
International Computer Science Institute
Hardback: ISBN: 157586407X, Pages: 415, Price: $75.00
Paperback: ISBN: 1575864088, Pages: 415, Price: $30.00

Providing a unified solution within the frameworks of Construction
Grammar and Frame Semantics, Hans C. Boas develops a corpus-based
account of resultative constructions in English by grouping them in
two classes: conventionalized and non-conventionalized.

The usage-based model used here proposes that each particular sense of
a verb constitutes a conventionalized mini-construction, which is
crucial information for the licensing of arguments. In contrast, verbs
in non-conventionalized resultative constructions can acquire a novel
meaning and thereby a new syntactic frame. This associative process is
based on a semantic overlap with a conventionalized resultative in
combination with contextual background information.

English and German resultatives are compared to illustrate the
distinct lexical polysemy networks of English and German verbs. In
particular, it is demonstrated that etymologically related verbs
exhibit different distributions of resultative constructions because
of the differences in conventionalized usage patterns.

Lingfield(s): General Linguistics & Semantics
Written In: English (Language Code: ENG)

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