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Title: Contrastive Studies in Construction Grammar
Edited By: Hans C Boas
URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=CAL%2010
Series Title: Constructional Approaches to Language 10
Description:

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
meaning
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
for
cross-linguistic comparisons that make it possible to capture both language-
specific (idiosyncratic) properties as well as cross-linguistic
generalizations.

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Syntax
Subject Language(s): English
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