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Variations on a constructionist theme

Adele Goldberg

in Constructions at Work: The Nature of Generalization in Language

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199268511
eISBN:
9780191708428
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199268511.003.0010
Subject:
Linguistics, Theoretical Linguistics

This chapter briefly surveys various constructionist approaches, comparing and contrasting several closely related frameworks. In addition, certain mainstream generative grammar approaches that have ... More


Feature geometry and predictions of locality

Ivan A. Sag

in Features: Perspectives on a Key Notion in Linguistics

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199577743
eISBN:
9780191722844
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199577743.003.0010
Subject:
Linguistics, Semantics and Pragmatics, Syntax and Morphology

This chapter argues that grammar is a set of local constraints. The Sign‐Based Construction Grammar architecture is feature‐based and model‐theoretic, utilizing constructs (mother–daughter ... More


Verbs: Aspect and Causal Structure

William Croft

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199248582
eISBN:
9780191740657
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199248582.001.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, English Language

“Verbs: aspect and causal structure” presents a model of event structure for the analysis of aspectual constructions and argument structure constructions in English and other languages. The central ... More


Core syntactic relations

Anat Ninio

in Syntactic development, its input and output

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199565962
eISBN:
9780191725616
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199565962.003.0002
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Developmental Psychology

This chapter reviews the linguistic literature concerning syntactic atoms in two different types of linguistic theories: mainstream generative grammar and Construction Grammars. In the first ... More


Introduction

William Croft

in Verbs: Aspect and Causal Structure

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199248582
eISBN:
9780191740657
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199248582.003.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, English Language

Chapter 1, “Introduction”, provides the theoretical framework for the analyses in the subsequent chapters. Different means for representing semantic structure - logical formulas, diagrams, and ... More


The Mental Corpus: How language is represented in the mind

John R. Taylor

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199290802
eISBN:
9780191741388
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199290802.001.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Psycholinguistics / Neurolinguistics / Cognitive Linguistics

This book argues that knowledge of a language can be thought of as a mental corpus, that is, as a repository of memories of previous linguistic encounters with the language. Features of incoming ... More


The Framework

Elizabeth Closs Traugott and Graeme Trousdale

in Constructionalization and Constructional Changes

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199679898
eISBN:
9780191760075
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199679898.003.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Historical Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology

This chapter provides the background for the book and states the goals. The basic tenets of construction grammar and historical linguistics are introduced. Constructionalization and constructional ... More


Verb meaning and argument structure constructions

William Croft

in Verbs: Aspect and Causal Structure

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199248582
eISBN:
9780191740657
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199248582.003.0009
Subject:
Linguistics, English Language

Chapter 9, “Verb meaning and argument structure constructions”, addresses the question of the relationship between the meaning of a verb and the meaning of the argument structure construction(s) it ... More


Perspectives on Human Languages

Michael A. Arbib

in How the Brain Got Language: The Mirror System Hypothesis

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199896684
eISBN:
9780190256159
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199896684.003.0002
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology

This chapter discusses what constitutes a language and how languages may be described. It covers pro and con compositionality; co-speech gestures and sign language; from phrase structure to universal ... More


Complementation

Hendrik De Smet

in Spreading Patterns: Diffusional Change in the English System of Complementation

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199812752
eISBN:
9780199979752
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199812752.003.0003
Subject:
Linguistics, English Language

In his typological study of complementation, Noonan (1985) writes that “Complementation is basically a matter of matching a particular complement type to a particular complement-taking predicate.” ... More


The Role of the Lexicon in Linguistic Theory

Patrick Hanks

in Lexical Analysis: Norms and Exploitations

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262018579
eISBN:
9780262312851
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262018579.003.0012
Subject:
Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology

This chapter examines the theory of norms and exploitations in the context of other theories of language. It considers the role of the lexicon in linguistic theory in twentieth-century Europe since ... More


Theory and Method

Peter Petré

in Constructions and Environments: Copular, Passive, and Related Constructions in Old and Middle English

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2014
ISBN:
9780199373390
eISBN:
9780199373413
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199373390.003.0003
Subject:
Linguistics, Historical Linguistics

Chapter 3 outlines the diachronic application of construction grammar to the case studies, and discusses the compilation of a representative data sample. Under constructionist theory, changes in the ... More


Relabeling in Two Different Theories of the Lexicon

RenÉe Lambert-BrÉtiÈre and Claire Lefebvre

in Relabeling in Language Genesis

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2014
ISBN:
9780199945290
eISBN:
9780190201203
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199945290.003.0004
Subject:
Linguistics, Sociolinguistics / Anthropological Linguistics

By its very nature, relabeling takes place in the lexical component of the grammar. By hypothesis, different theories of the lexicon should make different predictions as to the nature of the lexical ... More


The lexical–constructional debate

Stephen Wechsler

in Word Meaning and Syntax: Approaches to the Interface

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2015
ISBN:
9780199279883
eISBN:
9780191757563
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199279883.003.0006
Subject:
Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology, Psycholinguistics / Neurolinguistics / Cognitive Linguistics

Arguments for lexical approaches to argument structure are presented in this special chapter co-authored with Stefan Müller. The chapter begins with a historical review of the pendulum between ... More


The Way-construction and Cross-linguistic Variation in Syntax: Implications for Typological Theory

Johan Pedersen

in The Construal of Spatial Meaning: Windows into Conceptual Space

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199641635
eISBN:
9780191760020
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199641635.003.0013
Subject:
Linguistics, Psycholinguistics / Neurolinguistics / Cognitive Linguistics, Semantics and Pragmatics

This chapter presents a cross-linguistic analysis of the English way-construction and other complex predicate constructions, which have recently been analysed from a CONSTRUCTIONAL POINT OF VIEW ... More


Constructions, Lexical Semantics, and the Correspondence Principle: Accounting for Generalizations and Subregularities in the Realization of Arguments

ADELE E. GOLDBERG

in The Syntax of Aspect: Deriving Thematic and Aspectual Interpretation

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199280445
eISBN:
9780191712845
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199280445.003.0010
Subject:
Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology

Whether particular arguments are overtly realized in languages like English is not random. A number of researchers have put forward sweeping generalizations in order to capture certain general ... More


Using Principles of Construction Grammar in the History of English Classroom

Graeme Trousdale

in Approaches to Teaching the History of the English Language: Pedagogy in Practice

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780190611040
eISBN:
9780190611071
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190611040.003.0010
Subject:
Linguistics, English Language

This chapter addresses teaching the History of English from a construction grammar perspective, one in which language is viewed as comprised of form-meaning pairings on a gradient between lexical and ... More


Constructional Fluency

Geoffrey J. Huck

in What Is Good Writing?

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
June 2015
ISBN:
9780190212957
eISBN:
9780190212971
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190212957.003.0004
Subject:
Linguistics, Psycholinguistics / Neurolinguistics / Cognitive Linguistics

The grammatical theory of Construction Grammar is introduced as a way to understand the attainment of fluency with the constructions of a language. It is demonstrated that fluency in writing (and ... More


Constructions and Environments: Copular, Passive, and Related Constructions in Old and Middle English

Peter Petré

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2014
ISBN:
9780199373390
eISBN:
9780199373413
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199373390.001.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Historical Linguistics

This monograph presents the first comprehensive diachronic account of copular and passive verb constructions in Old and Middle English. Loss of the high-frequency verb weorðan ‘become’ is explained ... More


Argument mapping approaches

Stephen Wechsler

in Word Meaning and Syntax: Approaches to the Interface

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2015
ISBN:
9780199279883
eISBN:
9780191757563
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199279883.003.0005
Subject:
Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology, Psycholinguistics / Neurolinguistics / Cognitive Linguistics

This chapter describes formal theories and frameworks for capturing the mapping from word meaning to syntactic structure. First, lexical approaches are presented. The development of ... More


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