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LINGUIST List 19.127

Fri Jan 11 2008

Books: Semantics/Syntax/Ling Theories: Delbecque, Cornillie (Eds)

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        1.    Julia Ulrich, On Interpreting Construction Schemas: Delbecque, Cornillie (Eds)


Message 1: On Interpreting Construction Schemas: Delbecque, Cornillie (Eds)
Date: 19-Dec-2007
From: Julia Ulrich <julia.ulrichdegruyter.com>
Subject: On Interpreting Construction Schemas: Delbecque, Cornillie (Eds)
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Title: On Interpreting Construction Schemas
Subtitle: From Action and Motion to Transitivity and Causality
Series Title: Trends in Linguistics. Studies and Monographs [TiLSM] 198
Published: 2007
Publisher: Mouton de Gruyter
                http://www.mouton-publishers.com

Book URL: http://www.degruyter.de/cont/fb/sp/detailEn.cfm?id=IS-9783110198652-1

Editor: Nicole Delbecque
Editor: Bert Cornillie
Hardback: ISBN: 9783110198652 Pages: 345 Price: Europe EURO 98.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9783110198652 Pages: 345 Price: U.S. $ 137.00 Comment: for orders placed in North America
Abstract:

This volume addresses the constructional variability with transitive and
causative verbs from the point of view of their respective action and
motion patterns. Drawing on the theoretical advances registered in
cognitive approaches to language (Cognitive Grammar, Construction Grammar
and space semantics), the papers substantiate new interpretations and
adduce empirical evidence from various languages to refine or adjust
existing analyses of transitivity and causation.

The different contributions all address the crucial question of how
concrete and abstract notions of human behavior drive linguistic
expressions. Cognitive linguists consider that linguistic competence
functions in terms of complex conceptual units: the native speaker knows
and manipulates conceptual blocks without paying further attention to their
constitutive parts or their internal organization. However, as this volume
illustrates, the role of the constitutive parts and their internal
organization cannot simply be reduced to zero. A multidimensional approach
to construction schemas is at stake. That is, the speaker applies proper
embodied subroutines to build a coherent meaning, but the construction
schemas are also rooted in the linguistic patterns the speaker and hearer
are familiar with.

The volume is primarily intended for scholars working within
cognitive-semantic research at large. Given its theoretical and applied
character (in the sense of giving empirical evidence for specific problems
in the grammar), the volume will also be of great interest to anyone
concerned with syntactic processes, construction grammar or with the
cognitive structure of discourse. The descriptive and theoretical insights
indeed dwell on areas that are currently dealt with in modern linguistics.

Keywords
Cognitive Linguistics; Semantics

Readership
Scholars and Advanced Students of the Cognitive-Semantic Field, Syntactic
Processes, Construction Grammar, the Cognitive Structure of Discourse,
Research Libraries

Prices are subject to change. Prices do not include postage and handling.

Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
                            Semantics
                            Syntax

Written In: English (eng )

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