Case Studies in Fluid Construction Grammar

The verb phrase

Editors
| Institution for Advanced Studies (ICREA) - Institute for Evolutionary Biology, Universitat Pompeu Fabra/CSIC
| Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, Free University of Brussels
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Construction grammar enjoys great popularity among empirical linguists, typologists, psycholinguists, and language educators, because it puts meaning and function of language at the forefront of linguistic analysis. This book shows that construction grammar gives us also a powerful new way to conceive and implement operational parsing and production systems, which could be used as a basic component of a wide range of Artificial Intelligence applications, such as dialog systems, language tutoring applications, or translation assistants. The book focuses on a particular formalism, Fluid Construction Grammar (FCG), that has emerged recently as a solid platform for writing and testing grammars from a constructional point of view. It introduces the basics of FCG and illustrates its use through a number of case studies all centering around the verb phrase. The case studies consider the verb phrase in different languages (Dutch, English, Spanish, Russian) and examine different challenging linguistic phenomena, ranging from word order flexibility, language change, and language acquisition, to the complex semantics of the verb phrase, particularly for aspect. The book is intended for those who want a first contact with FCG and see how different non-trivial analyses of language phenomena can be expressed. It is also an excellent first step for those who want to explore FCG to build language applications.

Originally published as special issue of Constructions and Frames 9:2 (2017).
[Benjamins Current Topics, 106]  2019.  v, 150 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Approaches to the verb phrase in Fluid Construction Grammar
Katrien Beuls and Luc Steels
1–4
Basics of Fluid Construction Grammar
Luc Steels
5–52
Robust processing of the Dutch verb phrase
Paul Van Eecke
53–78
How a Construction Grammar account solves the auxiliary controversy
Remi van Trijp
79–104
An open-ended computational construction grammar for Spanish verb conjugation
Katrien Beuls
105–128
Russian verbs of motion and their aspectual partners in Fluid Construction Grammar
Katrien Beuls, Yana Knight and Michael Spranger
129–148
Subject index
149–150
Subjects
BIC Subject: CFK – Grammar, syntax
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2019027977