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.
Cognitive Linguistics; Semantics
Scholars and Advanced Students of the Cognitive-Semantic Field, Syntactic
Processes, Construction Grammar, the Cognitive Structure of Discourse,
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