LINGUIST List 29.3249

Wed Aug 22 2018

Books: Constructicography: Lyngfelt, Borin, Ohara, Torrent (eds.)

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Date: 20-Aug-2018
From: Karin Plijnaar <>
Subject: Constructicography: Lyngfelt, Borin, Ohara, Torrent (eds.)
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Title: Constructicography
Subtitle: Constructicon development across languages
Series Title: Constructional Approaches to Language 22
Published: 2018
Publisher: John Benjamins

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Editor: Benjamin Lyngfelt
Editor: Lars Borin
Editor: Kyoko Ohara
Editor: Tiago Timponi Torrent
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027263865 Pages: 313 Price: U.S. $ 0
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027201003 Pages: 313 Price: U.S. $ 143.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027201003 Pages: 313 Price: U.K. £ 80.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027201003 Pages: 313 Price: Europe EURO 100.70

In constructionist theory, a constructicon is an inventory of constructions making up the full set of linguistic units in a language. In applied practice, it is a set of construction descriptions – a “dictionary of constructions”. The development of constructicons in the latter sense typically means combining principles of both construction grammar and lexicography, and is probably best characterized as a blend between the two traditions. We call this blend constructicography.

The present volume is a comprehensive introduction to the emerging field of constructicography. After a general introduction follow six chapters presenting constructicon projects for English, German, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, Russian, and Swedish, respectively, often in relation to a framenet of the language. In addition, there is a chapter addressing the interplay between linguistics and language technology in constructicon development, and a final chapter exploring the prospects for interlingual constructicography.

This is the first major publication devoted to constructicon development and it should be particularly relevant for those interested in construction grammar, frame semantics, lexicography, the relation between grammar and lexicon, or linguistically informed language technology.

Linguistic Field(s): Lexicography
                            Linguistic Theories

Written In: English (eng)

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