Chapter published in:Case Studies in Fluid Construction Grammar: The verb phrase
Edited by Luc Steels and Katrien Beuls
[Benjamins Current Topics 106] 2019
► pp. 79–104
How a Construction Grammar account solves the auxiliary controversy
The English auxiliaries have been a matter of dispute for decades with two opposing views: one analysis treats them as main verbs that take a VP complement; the other considers them as feature carriers. Proponents of both approaches have convincingly pointed out each other’s weaknesses without however settling the debate and without accounting for the fact that the English VP is still evolving today. The goal of this paper is to show that Construction Grammar offers a way out of the current status quo. This claim is substantiated by a computational formalization of the English verb phrase in Fluid Construction Grammar that includes a bi-directional processing model for formulation and comprehension available for online testing.
Keywords: verb phrase, Construction Grammar, auxiliaries, tense, aspect, modality, grammar formalization
Published online: 09 October 2019
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