A constructional perspective on conceptual constituency

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Cognitive Grammar distinguishes three types of constituents: phonological,conceptual, and grammatical constituents. This study argues that this distinctionoffers a new and promising perspective on constructions whose constituentstructure, or ‘constituency’, has seemed to defy analysis in the past. In particular,the study proposes a method to analyze conceptual constituency, which cruciallyrelies on semantic considerations. The method is applied to constructionsfrom Dutch with adpositions whose syntactic status has been unclear: they havebeen analyzed as postpositions by some, yet as particles by others. Using corpusdata rather than constructed data with grammaticality judgments, the studyconcludes that the method provides new arguments for a ‘particle analysis’.


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