Construction Grammars

Cognitive grounding and theoretical extensions

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  • Editors: Jan-Ola Östman1, and Mirjam Fried2
  • Format: PDF
  • Publication Year: 2005
  • e-Book ISBN 9789027294708

The notion ‘construction’ has become indispensable in present-day linguistics and in language studies in general. This volume extends the traditional domain of Construction Grammar (CxG) in several directions, all with a cognitive basis. Addressing a number of issues (such as coercion, discourse patterning, language change), the contributions show how CxG must be part and parcel of cognitively oriented studies of language, including language universals. The volume also gives informative accounts of how the notion ‘construction’ is developed in approaches that are conceptually close to, and relatively compatible with, CxG: Conceptual Semantics, Word Grammar, Cognitive Grammar, Embodied Construction Grammar, and Radical Construction Grammar.

Subjects: Cognitive linguistics; Syntax; Semantics; Cognition and language; Theoretical linguistics

  • Affiliations: 1: University of Helsinki; 2: Princeton University

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