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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 <>
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

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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

This volume addresses the constructional variability with transitive andcausative verbs from the point of view of their respective action andmotion patterns. Drawing on the theoretical advances registered incognitive approaches to language (Cognitive Grammar, Construction Grammarand space semantics), the papers substantiate new interpretations andadduce empirical evidence from various languages to refine or adjustexisting analyses of transitivity and causation.

The different contributions all address the crucial question of howconcrete and abstract notions of human behavior drive linguisticexpressions. Cognitive linguists consider that linguistic competencefunctions in terms of complex conceptual units: the native speaker knowsand manipulates conceptual blocks without paying further attention to theirconstitutive parts or their internal organization. However, as this volumeillustrates, the role of the constitutive parts and their internalorganization cannot simply be reduced to zero. A multidimensional approachto construction schemas is at stake. That is, the speaker applies properembodied subroutines to build a coherent meaning, but the constructionschemas are also rooted in the linguistic patterns the speaker and hearerare familiar with.

The volume is primarily intended for scholars working withincognitive-semantic research at large. Given its theoretical and appliedcharacter (in the sense of giving empirical evidence for specific problemsin the grammar), the volume will also be of great interest to anyoneconcerned with syntactic processes, construction grammar or with thecognitive structure of discourse. The descriptive and theoretical insightsindeed dwell on areas that are currently dealt with in modern linguistics.

KeywordsCognitive Linguistics; Semantics

ReadershipScholars and Advanced Students of the Cognitive-Semantic Field, SyntacticProcesses, Construction Grammar, the Cognitive Structure of Discourse,Research Libraries

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Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories                             Semantics                             Syntax
Written In: English (eng )

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