Volume 34, Issue 1
  • ISSN 0774-5141
  • E-ISSN: 1569-9676
Buy:$35.00 + Taxes



This paper presents a frame-based constructional approach to argument structure satisfaction via unselected adjuncts, by focusing on one such case in Japanese. It points out an intriguing constructional phenomenon whereby causal adjunct clauses marked with ‘because’, as used with main-clause predicates that evoke frames (such as Telling and Warning), serve to satisfy main-clause argument structure. The clause precedes the main-clause speech act of telling/warning, and can be interpreted as a speech-act causal (Sweetser 1990). The clause at the same time conveys the content of informing or warning, i.e., the core Frame Element , which is absent as a main-clause complement. This analysis of argument structure satisfaction via unselected adjuncts provides evidence for a Frame Semantic approach to argument structure that incorporates Construction Grammar.


Article metrics loading...

Loading full text...

Full text loading...


  1. Bergen, Benjamin. K. , and Nancy Chang
    2005 “Embodied Construction Grammar in Simulation-Based Language Understanding.” InConstruction Grammars: Cognitive Grounding and Theoretical Extensions, ed. by Jan-Ola Östman , and Miriam Fried , 147–190. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins. 10.1075/cal.3.08ber
    https://doi.org/10.1075/cal.3.08ber [Google Scholar]
  2. Fillmore, Charles J.
    1968 “The Case for Case.” InUniversals in Linguistic Theory, ed. by Emmon Bach , and Robert T. Harms , 1–88. New York: Holt, Rinehart, and Winston.
    [Google Scholar]
  3. 1982 “Frame Semantics.” InLinguistics in the Morning Calm, ed. byThe Linguistic Society of Korea, 111–137. Seoul: Hanshin.
    [Google Scholar]
  4. Fillmore, Charles J. , and Collin F. Baker
    2009 “A Frames Approach to Semantic Analysis.” InThe Oxford Handbook of Linguistic Analysis, ed. by Bernd Heine , and Heiko Narrog , 313–339. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
    [Google Scholar]
  5. Fujii, Seiko , and Lee-Goldman, Russell
    2010 “Constructions for elaboration and specification in English and Japanese.” A paper presented at the6th International Conference on Construction Grammar. Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic.
    [Google Scholar]
  6. Fujii, Seiko , and Russell Lee-Goldman
    2019 “Frame-based constructional approach to argument structure satisfaction via unselected adjuncts.” Paper presented at the15th International Cognitive Linguistics Conference, Nishinomiya.
    [Google Scholar]
  7. Fujii, Seiko , and Kyoko Ohara
    2003 “Hureemu imiron to hureemunetto [Frame Semantics and FrameNet].” Eigo-seinen, Vol.149 (6): 45–48, 59. Kenkyusha Co.
    [Google Scholar]
  8. Goldberg, Adele E.
    2005 “Argument Realization: The Role of Constructions, Lexical Semantics and Discourse Factors.” InConstruction Grammars: Cognitive Grounding and Theoretical Extensions, ed. by Jan-Ola Östman , and Miriam Fried , 17–43. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins. 10.1075/cal.3.03gol
    https://doi.org/10.1075/cal.3.03gol [Google Scholar]
  9. Goldberg, Adele E. , and Farrell Ackerman
    2001 “The Pragmatics of Obligatory Adjuncts.” Language77: 798–814. 10.1353/lan.2001.0219
    https://doi.org/10.1353/lan.2001.0219 [Google Scholar]
  10. Grimshaw, Jane
    1990Argument Structure. Cambridge: MIT Press.
    [Google Scholar]
  11. Levin, Beth , and Malka Rappaport Hovav
    2005Argument Realization. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 10.1017/CBO9780511610479
    https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511610479 [Google Scholar]
  12. Matsumoto, Yoshiko
    1997Noun-Modifying Constructions in Japanese: A Frame Semantic Approach. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins. 10.1075/slcs.35
    https://doi.org/10.1075/slcs.35 [Google Scholar]
  13. Sweetser, Eve E.
    1990From Etymology to Pragmatics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 10.1017/CBO9780511620904
    https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511620904 [Google Scholar]
This is a required field
Please enter a valid email address
Approval was successful
Invalid data
An Error Occurred
Approval was partially successful, following selected items could not be processed due to error