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Title: Grammatical Constructions
Subtitle: Back to the roots
Edited By: Mirjam Fried
Hans C Boas
URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=CAL%204
Series Title: Constructional Approaches to Language 4

This volume brings into focus the conceptual roots of the notion
'grammatical construction' as the theoretical entity that constitutes the
backbone of Construction Grammar, a unique grammatical model in which
grammatical constructions have the status of elementary building blocks of
human language. By exploring the analytic potential and applicability of
this notion, the contributions illustrate some of the fundamental concerns
of constructional research. These include issues of sentence structure in a
model that rejects the autonomy of syntax; the contribution of Frame
Semantics in establishing the relationship between syntactic patterning and
the lexical meaning of verbs; and the challenge of capturing the dynamic
and variable nature of grammatical structure in a systematic way. All the
authors share a commitment to studying grammar in its use, which gives the
book a rich empirical dimension that draws on authentic data from
typologically diverse languages.

Table of contents

Hans C. Boas and Mirjam Fried 1–9

I. Syntactic patterning 11
1. Definite null objects in (spoken) French: A Construction-Grammar account
Knud Lambrecht and Kevin Lemoine 13–55
2. From relativization to clause-linkage: Evidence from Modern Japanese
Kyoko Hirose Ohara 57–70
3. Argument structure constructions and the argument-adjunct distinction
Paul Kay 71–98

II. Syntax and semantics of verbs 99
4. The role of verb meaning in locative alternations
Seizi Iwata 101–118
5. Verbal polysemy and Frame Semantics in Construction Grammar: Some
observations on the locative alternation
Noriko Nemoto 119–136
6. A constructional approach to mimetic verbs
Natsuko Tsujimura 137–154

III. Language variation and change 155
7. Integration, grammaticization, and constructional meaning
Ronald W. Langacker 157–189
8. Constructions and variability
Jaakko Leino and Jan-Ola Östman 191–213
9. Construction Grammar as a conceptual framework for linguistic typology:
A case from reference tracking
Toshio Ohori 215–237

Index 239–243

Index of constructions 245

Publication Year: 2005
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Linguistic Theories
Subject Language(s): French
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027218242
ISBN-13: 9789027218247
Pages: viii,246
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