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Title: Contrastive Studies in Construction Grammar
Edited By: Hans C Boas
Series Title: Constructional Approaches to Language 10

The papers in this volume provide a contrastive application of Construction
Grammar. By referencing a well-described constructional phenomenon in
English, each paper provides a solid foundation for describing and
analyzing its
constructional counterpart in another language. This approach shows that the
semantic description (including discourse-pragmatic and functional factors) of
an English construction can be regarded as a first step towards a "tertium
comparationis" that can be employed for comparing and contrasting the formal
properties of constructional counterparts in other languages. Thus, the
pole of constructions should be regarded as the primary basis for comparisons
of constructions across languages - the form pole is only secondary. This
volume shows that constructions are viable descriptive and analytical tools
cross-linguistic comparisons that make it possible to capture both language-
specific (idiosyncratic) properties as well as cross-linguistic

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Syntax
Subject Language(s): English
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Format: Electronic
ISBN-13: 9789027287601
Prices: U.S. $ 135.00
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Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9789027204325
Prices: U.K. £ 90.00
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