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Title: The directed motion construction in Swedish
Author: Ida Toivonen
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Institution: Carleton University
Linguistic Field: Syntax
Subject Language: Swedish
Abstract: This paper introduces a Swedish construction, called THE DIRECTED MOTION CONSTRUCTION (DMC). The DMC is parallel to the English WAY construction, which has recently received considerable attention in a debate comparing constructions to lexical rules. The DMC is very productive, and must therefore be taken seriously by any grammatical theory. This paper gives a detailed description of the DMC, and formalizes it in two ways: as a construction and as a lexical rule. Although both formalizations are possible, the construction more straightforwardly captures the most interesting aspect of the DMC: the fact that the overall meaning cannot be tied to any one of its individual parts.

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This article appears IN Journal of Linguistics Vol. 38, Issue 2.

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