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



In Construction Grammar theory, constructions are generally described as form-meaning pairings. It will be argued here that the formal specifications of some abstract constructions are so vague that the notion of form needs to be discussed rather critically. We aim to demonstrate how, in the English predicative and intransitive-motion constructions, the slots of more general constructions can be seen as being specified indirectly through sets of mini-constructions.


Article metrics loading...

Loading full text...

Full text loading...


  1. Barðdal, Jóhanna , and Spike Gildea
    2015 “Diachronic Construction Grammar: Epistemological Context, Basic Assumptions and Historical Implications.” InDiachronic Construction Grammar, ed. by Jóhanna Barðdal , Elena Smirnova , Lotte Sommerer , and Spike Gildea (eds.), 1–49. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins. 10.1075/cal.18.01bar
    https://doi.org/10.1075/cal.18.01bar [Google Scholar]
  2. Beckner, Clay , Richard Blythe , Joan Bybee , Morton H. Christiansen , William Croft , Nick C. Ellis , John Holland , Jinyun Ke , Diane Larsen-Freeman , and Tom Schoenemann
    2009 “Language is a Complex Adaptive System: Position Paper.” Language Learning59: 1–26. 10.1111/j.1467‑9922.2009.00533.x
    https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9922.2009.00533.x [Google Scholar]
  3. Behrens, Heike
    2011 “Grammatik und Lexikon im Spracherwerb: Konstruktionsprozesse.” InSprachliches Wissen zwischen Lexikon und Grammatik, ed. by Stefan Engelberg , Anke Holler , and Kristel Proost , 375–396. Berlin/Boston: de Gruyter. 10.1515/9783110262339.375
    https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110262339.375 [Google Scholar]
  4. Boas, Hans C.
    2003A Constructional Approach to Resultatives. Stanford: CSLI Publications.
    [Google Scholar]
  5. 2005 “Determining the Productivity of Resultative Constructions: A Reply to Goldberg & Jackendoff.” Language81(2): 448–464. 10.1353/lan.2005.0050
    https://doi.org/10.1353/lan.2005.0050 [Google Scholar]
  6. 2011 “Zum Abstraktionsgrad von Resultativkonstruktionen.” InSprachliches Wissen zwischen Lexikon und Grammatik, ed. by Stefan Engelberg , Kristel Proost , and Anke Holler , 37–69. Berlin/New York: Mouton de Gruyter. 10.1515/9783110262339.37
    https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110262339.37 [Google Scholar]
  7. Boas, Hans C. , and Alexander Ziem
    2018 “Constructing a Constructicon for German: Empirical, Theoretical and Methodological Issues.” InConstructicography: Constructicon Development across Languages, ed. by Benjamin Lyngfelt , Lars Borin , Kyoko Ohara , and Tiago Timponi Torrent , 183–228. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins. 10.1075/cal.22.07boa
    https://doi.org/10.1075/cal.22.07boa [Google Scholar]
  8. Bußmann, Hadumod
    2008Lexikon der Sprachwissenschaft. 4th edn.Stuttgart: Kröner.
    [Google Scholar]
  9. Bybee, Joan
    2010Language, Usage and Cognition. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 10.1017/CBO9780511750526
    https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511750526 [Google Scholar]
  10. Croft, William
    2012Verbs: Aspect and Causal Structure. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199248582.001.0001
    https://doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199248582.001.0001 [Google Scholar]
  11. Davies, Mark
    2008–The Corpus of Contemporary American English (COCA). Available online athttps://www.english-corpora.org/coca/
    [Google Scholar]
  12. Dirven, René , and Günter Radden
    2007Cognitive English Grammar. Amsterdam/ Philadelphia: John Benjamins. 10.1075/clip.2
    https://doi.org/10.1075/clip.2 [Google Scholar]
  13. Dürscheid, Christa
    2013 “Casus obliquus.” Wörterbücher zur Sprach- und Kommunikationswissenschaft (WSK) Online (2013). Berlin/Boston: De Gruyter. https://db.degruyter.com/view/WSK/wsk_id_wsk_artikel_artikel_8550 (Last accessed29 August, 2020).
    [Google Scholar]
  14. Faulhaber, Susen
    2011Verb Valency Patterns: A Challenge for Semantics-Based Accounts. Berlin/New York: de Gruyter Mouton. 10.1515/9783110240788
    https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110240788 [Google Scholar]
  15. Fillmore, Charles J.
    1968 “The Case for Case.” InUniversals in Linguistic Theory, ed. by Emmon Bach , and Robert T. Harms , 0–88. New York: Holt, Rinehart & Winston.
    [Google Scholar]
  16. 2007 “Valency Issues in FrameNet.” InValency: Theoretical, Descriptive and Cognitive Issues, ed. by Thomas Herbst , and Katrin Götz-Votteler , 129–160. Berlin/New York: Mouton de Gruyter.
    [Google Scholar]
  17. 2014 “Frames, Constructions and FrameNet.” InConstructions – Collocations – Patterns, ed. by Thomas Herbst , Hans-Jörg Schmid , and Susen Faulhaber , 121–166. Berlin/Boston: de Gruyter Mouton. 10.1515/9783110356854.121
    https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110356854.121 [Google Scholar]
  18. Goldberg, Adele E.
    1995Constructions: A Construction Grammar Approach to Argument Structure. Chicago: Chicago University Press.
    [Google Scholar]
  19. 2006Constructions at Work: The Nature of Generalization in Language. Oxford/New York: Oxford University Press.
    [Google Scholar]
  20. 2019Explain Me This: Creativity, Competition, and the Partial Productivity of Constructions. Princeton/Oxford: Princeton University Press.
    [Google Scholar]
  21. Goldberg, Adele E. , and Ray Jackendoff
    2004 “The English Resultative as a Family of Constructions.” Language80(3): 532–568. 10.1353/lan.2004.0129
    https://doi.org/10.1353/lan.2004.0129 [Google Scholar]
  22. Haugen, Tor Arne
    2012Polyvalent Adjectives in Norwegian: Aspects of their Semantics and Complementation Patterns. Oslo: University of Oslo.
    [Google Scholar]
  23. Helbig, Gerhard , and Wolfgang Schenkel
    1973Wörterbuch zur Valenz und Distribution deutscher Verben. Leipzig: Verlag Enzyklopädie.
    [Google Scholar]
  24. Herbst, Thomas
    2011 “The Status of Generalizations: Valency and Argument Structure Constructions.” Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik59(4): 347–367. 10.1515/zaa‑2011‑0406
    https://doi.org/10.1515/zaa-2011-0406 [Google Scholar]
  25. 2014 “The Valency Approach to Argument Structure Constructions.” InConstructions – Collocations – Patterns, ed. by Thomas Herbst , Hans-Jörg Schmid , and Susen Faulhaber , 167–216. Berlin/Boston: de Gruyter Mouton. 10.1515/9783110356854.167
    https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110356854.167 [Google Scholar]
  26. 2016 “Foreign Language Learning is Construction Learning – what else? Moving towards Pedagogical Construction Grammar.” InApplied Construction Grammar, ed. by Sabine de Knop , and Gaëtanelle Gilquin , 21–51. Berlin/Boston: De Gruyter Mouton. 10.1515/9783110458268‑003
    https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110458268-003 [Google Scholar]
  27. 2020 “Constructions, Generalizations, and the Unpredictability of Language: Moving towards Colloconstruction Grammar.” Constructions and Frames12(1): 56–96. doi:  10.1075/cf.00035.her
    https://doi.org/10.1075/cf.00035.her [Google Scholar]
  28. Herbst, Thomas , David Heath , Ian F. Roe , and Dieter Götz
    2004A Valency Dictionary of English. London/New York: Mouton de Gruyter. 10.1515/9783110892581
    https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110892581 [Google Scholar]
  29. Herbst, Thomas , and Thomas Hoffmann
    2018 “Construction Grammar for Students: A Constructionist Approach to Syntactic Analysis (CASA).” Yearbook of the German Cognitive Linguistics Association6: 197–218. 10.1515/gcla‑2018‑0010
    https://doi.org/10.1515/gcla-2018-0010 [Google Scholar]
  30. Herbst, Thomas , and Susen Schüller
    2008Introduction to Syntactic Analysis: A Valency Approach. Tübingen: Narr.
    [Google Scholar]
  31. Hilpert, Martin
    2020 “Constructional Approaches.” InThe Oxford Handbook of English Grammar, ed. by Bas Aarts , Jill Bowie , and Gergana Popova , 106–123. Oxford/New York: Oxford University Press.
    [Google Scholar]
  32. Hoffmann, Thomas
    2015 “Cognitive Sociolinguistic Aspects of Football Chants: the Role of Social and Physical Context in Usage-Based Construction Grammar.” Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik66(3): 273–294. 10.1515/zaa‑2015‑0023
    https://doi.org/10.1515/zaa-2015-0023 [Google Scholar]
  33. Huddleston, Rodney , and Geoffrey K. Pullum
    2002The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 10.1017/9781316423530
    https://doi.org/10.1017/9781316423530 [Google Scholar]
  34. Langacker, Ronald W.
    2008Cognitive Grammar: A Basic Introduction. Oxford/New York: Oxford University Press. 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195331967.001.0001
    https://doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195331967.001.0001 [Google Scholar]
  35. Quirk, Randolph , Sidney Greenbaum , Geoffrey Leech , and Jan Svartvik
    1985A Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language. London/New York: Longman.
    [Google Scholar]
  36. Saussure, Ferdinand de
    1916Cours de linguistique générale (Ed. by Charles Bally & Albert Séchehaye ). Lausanne: Payot.
    [Google Scholar]
  37. Schmid, Hans-Jörg
    2000English Abstract Nouns as Conceptual Shells: From Corpus to Cognition. Berlin/New York: Mouton de Gruyter. 10.1515/9783110808704
    https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110808704 [Google Scholar]
  38. 2020The Dynamics of the Linguistic System: Usage, Conventionalization and Entrenchment. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 10.1093/oso/9780198814771.001.0001
    https://doi.org/10.1093/oso/9780198814771.001.0001 [Google Scholar]
  39. Schumacher, Helmut , Jacqueline Kubczak , Renate Schmidt , and Vera de Ruiter
    2004valbu – Valenzwörterbuch deutscher Verben. Tübingen: Narr.
    [Google Scholar]
  40. Uhrig, Peter
    2018Subjects in English: From Valency Grammar to a Constructionist Treatment of Non-Canonical Subjects. Berlin/Boston: de Gruyter. 10.1515/9783110589801
    https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110589801 [Google Scholar]

Data & Media loading...

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