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Constructions : Construction Grammar Approach to Argument Structure - Adele Goldberg

Constructions

Construction Grammar Approach to Argument Structure

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Drawing on work in linguistics, language acquisition, and computer science, Adele E. Goldberg proposes that grammatical constructions play a central role in the relation between the form and meaning of simple sentences. She demonstrates that the syntactic patterns associated with simple sentences are imbued with meaning--that the constructions themselves carry meaning independently of the words in a sentence.
Goldberg provides a comprehensive account of the relation between verbs and constructions, offering ways to relate verb and constructional meaning, and to capture relations among constructions and generalizations over constructions. Prototypes, frame semantics, and metaphor are shown to play crucial roles. In addition, Goldberg presents specific analyses of several constructions, including the ditransitive and the resultative constructions, revealing systematic semantic generalizations.
Through a comparison with other current approaches to argument structure phenomena, this book narrows the gap between generative and cognitive theories of language.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Interaction between Verbs and Constructions
Relations among Constructions
On Linking
Partial Productivity
The English Ditransitive Construction
The English Caused-Motion Construction
The English Resultative Construction
The Way Construction
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780226300863
ISBN-10: 0226300862
Series: Cognitive Theory of Language & Culture S.
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 276
Published: 1st January 1995
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.4