Lexical and Syntactical Constructions and the Construction of Meaning

Proceedings of the bi-annual ICLA meeting in Albuquerque, July 1995

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  • Editors: Marjolijn H. Verspoor1, Kee Dong Lee2, and Eve Sweetser3
  • Format: PDF
  • Publication Year: 1997
  • e-Book ISBN 9789027285591

The basic tenet of cognitive linguistics is that every linguistic expression is a construal relation. The first section of this volume focuses on issues of such construal and presentation of information, including figure-ground relations, image-schematic structures, and the role of syntactic constructions in information structure.In sections two and three papers are presented on cross-categorial polysemy between lexical and grammatical uses of a morpheme, and between different grammatical senses, and on the relationship between earlier lexical senses and later grammatical ones.<br />The final section of the volume brings together studies which shed further light on transitivity and argument structure. The study of transitivity necessarily entails exploration of the relationship between syntactic constructions and the pragmatics and semantics conveyed by such constructions.<br />As a whole, this collection of papers gives new evidence on the complexity and motivation of the mapping between linguistic form and function and offers a wealth of new directions for research on the construction of meaning at every level of the sentence.

Subjects: Syntax; Cognition and language; Pragmatics; Semantics

  • Affiliations: 1: University of Groningen; 2: Yonsei University; 3: University of California, Berkeley

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