LINGUIST List 31.3730

Fri Dec 04 2020

Books: Frame-Constructional Verb Classes: Dux

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Date: 02-Dec-2020
From: Karin Plijnaar <karin.plijnaarbenjamins.nl>
Subject: Frame-Constructional Verb Classes: Dux
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Title: Frame-Constructional Verb Classes
Subtitle: Change and Theft verbs in English and German
Series Title: Constructional Approaches to Language 28
Published: 2020
Publisher: John Benjamins
                http://www.benjamins.com/

Book URL: https://benjamins.com/catalog/cal.28

Author: Ryan Dux
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027261014 Pages: 320 Price: U.S. $ 149.00
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027261014 Pages: 320 Price: U.K. £ 83.00
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027261014 Pages: 320 Price: Europe EURO 99.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027207067 Pages: 320 Price: U.S. $ 149.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027207067 Pages: 320 Price: U.K. £ 83.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027207067 Pages: 320 Price: Europe EURO 104.94
Abstract:

While verb classes are a mainstay of linguistic research, the field lacks consensus on precisely what constitutes a verb class. This book presents a novel approach to verb classes, employing a bottom-up, corpus-based methodology and combining key insights from Frame Semantics, Construction Grammar, and Valency Grammar.

On this approach, verb classes are formulated at varying granularity levels to adequately capture both the shared semantic and syntactic properties unifying verbs of a class and the idiosyncratic properties unique to individual verbs. In-depth analyses based on this approach shed light on the interrelations between verbs, frame-semantics, and constructions, and on the semantic richness and network organization of grammatical constructions.

This approach is extended to a comparison of Change and Theft verbs, revealing unexpected lexical and syntactic differences across semantically distinct classes. Finally, a range of contrastive (German–English) analyses demonstrate how verb classes can inform the cross-linguistic comparison of verbs and constructions.

Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
                            Semantics
                            Syntax

Subject Language(s): English (eng)
                            German (deu)

Written In: English (eng)

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