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What's (in) a construction? Complete inheritance vs. full-entry models

  • In spite of the obvious importance that is accorded to the notion grammatical construction in any approach that sees itself as a construction grammar (CxG), there is as yet no generally accepted definition of the term across different variants of the framework. In particular, there are different assumptions about which additional requirements a given structure has to meet in order to be recognized as a construction besides being a ‘form-meaning pair’. Since the choice of a particular definition will determine the range of both relevant phenomena and concrete observations to be considered in empirical research within the framework, the issue is not just a mere terminological quibble but has important methodological repercussions especially for quantitative research in areas such as corpus linguistics. The present study illustrates some problems in identifying and delimiting such patterns in naturally occurring text and presents arguments for a usage-based interpretation of the term grammatical construction.

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Author:Arne Zeschel
Parent Title (English):New Directions in Cognitive Linguistics
Series (Serial Number):Human Cognitive Processing (24)
Place of publication:Amsterdam [u.a.]
Editor:Vyvyan Evans, Stéphanie Pourcel
Document Type:Part of a Book
Year of first Publication:2009
Date of Publication (online):2017/10/05
GND Keyword:Konstruktionsgrammatik
First Page:185
Last Page:200
This is a postprint of an article that was published in the book "New Directions in Cognitive Linguistics".
The published article is under copyright by Benjamins. The publisher should be contacted for permission to re-use or reprint the material in any form.
DDC classes:400 Sprache / 400 Sprache, Linguistik
Open Access?:ja
Leibniz-Classification:Sprache, Linguistik
Linguistics-Classification:Psycholinguistik / Kognitive Linguistik
Licence (German):License LogoUrheberrechtlich geschützt