Grammatical Constructions

Grammatical Constructions

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In recent years there has been a resurgence of interest in grammatical constructionsunits of grammar representing formmeaning correspondences. The movement in which Construction Grammar, as developed by Charles Fillmore and Paul Kay, has played a significant role, has arisen in part as a response to the Chomskyan modular approach, which treats grammatical constructions as epiphenomenal, dismantling their component features and attributing these to general principles of grammar. This volume is the first collection to focus on grammatical constructions per se, and is dedicated to Charles Fillmore in recognition of his leadership in the field. The papers all reflect or elaborate on his work, which shows how lexicon, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics interact in giving constructions their individual holistic characters as basic units of grammar. Several approaches to constructions are represented here, dealing with topics that range from idiomatized constructions to traditional forms such as conditionals, relative clauses, and benefactive constructions. A unifying thread is the shared conviction that close examination of the nature of grammatical constructions, with particular emphasis on their idiosyncrasies and on the complex interrelationships among their forms, functions, meanings, and uses in ordinary speech and writing, provides a rich foundation upon which to build a theory of cognition, memory, and grammar.and in particular because te does not function here as a connective per se. this first category will not be considered further here. ... can also be expressed by /e- linked constituents, e.g. Additive, Temporal Sequence, Cause-Effect, Means-End, Contrast, and Concession. ... for purposes of exposition; whether or not the description of te-linkage must provide a list of all such relations is a separate issue.

Title:Grammatical Constructions
Author: Masayoshi Shibatani, Sandra A. Thompson
Publisher:Oxford University Press, USA - 1999

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