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Fri Jun 21 2013

Diss: English, Cognitive Science, Text/Corpus Ling: Jensen: 'A Construction-based Study of English Predicators'

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Date: 21-Jun-2013
From: Kim Jensen <>
Subject: A Construction-based Study of English Predicators
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Institution: University of Southern Denmark Program: PhD in Language and Communication Dissertation Status: Completed Degree Date: 2007

Author: Kim Ebensgaard Jensen

Dissertation Title: A Construction-based Study of English Predicators

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science                             Text/Corpus Linguistics
Subject Language(s): English (eng)
Dissertation Director:
Carl Bache
Dissertation Abstract:

The English progressive construction (i.e. [BE + V-ing], as in 'They are
eating right now') is among one of the most written about phenomena of
English grammar, and one should think that there is not much left to write
about it. In this dissertation, A Construction-based Study of English
Predicators, however, it is argued that many further important details of
the construction can be uncovered within the framework of an empirical
model of description based on the philosophy of grammar referred to as
integrated grammar (as opposed to what is called isolated grammar, which is
characteristic of many formal models). The dissertation offers a
corpus-based description of the progressive construction and is based on an
integrated construction grammar. It uncovers some otherwise overlooked or
'underdescribed' aspects of the progressive construction, and already
known aspects of the construction are described in a different perspective.
The purpose of the dissertation is twofold: 1) to show that an integrated
construction grammar model may enrich language descriptions, making them
more realistic and relevant and 2) to set up a constructionist empirically
based model of the progressive construction, implementing the principles of
integrated grammar (something which has not been explored much yet) – in
this model prototypical and non-prototypical, more pragmatically specific
or metaphorically extended, functions of the construction are mapped out.

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