Romance Perspectives on Construction Grammar

| University of Texas at Austin
| University of Almeria
ISBN 9789027204370 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
ISBN 9789027269638 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
The chapters in this book show how the different flavors of Construction Grammar provide illuminating insights into the syntax, semantics, pragmatics and discourse-functional properties of specific phenomena in Romance languages such as (Castilian) Spanish, French, Romanian, and Latin from a synchronic as well as a diachronic viewpoint. The phenomena surveyed include the role of constructional meanings in novel verb-noun compounds in Spanish, the relevance of lexicalization for a constructionist analysis of complex prepositions in French, the complementariness of fragments, patterns and constructions as theoretical and explanatory constructs in verb complementation in French, Latin, and Spanish, non-constituent coordination phenomena (e.g. Right Node Raising, Argument Cluster Coordination and Gapping) in Romanian, and variable type framing in Spanish constructions of directed motion in the light of Leonard Talmy’s (2000) typological differences of lexicalization between satellite-framed and verb-framed languages.
[Constructional Approaches to Language, 15]  2014.  x, 316 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Applying constructional concepts to Romance languages
Hans C. Boas and Francisco Gonzálvez-García
Chapter 2. The role of constructional meanings in novel verb-noun compounds in Spanish
Jiyoung Yoon
Chapter 3. From lexicalization to constructional generalizations: On complex prepositions in French
Peter Lauwers
Chapter 4. A constructional corpus-based approach to ‘weak’ verbs in French
Dominique Willems and Claire Blanche-Benveniste
Chapter 5. The Narrative Infinitive Construction in French and Latin
Irina Nikolaeva
Chapter 6. Bringing together fragments and constructions: Evidence from complementation in English and Spanish
Francisco Gonzálvez-García
Chapter 7. A Romance perspective on gapping constructions
Anne Abeillé, Gabriela Bîlbîie and Francois Mouret
Chapter 8. Variable type framing in Spanish constructions of directed motion
Johan Pedersen
Author index
Construction index
Language index
Subject index
“Construction Grammar has become progressively more influential in linguistics and psychology over the last two decades. But to date, it hasn't been systematically applied to the Romance languages. This volume, for the first time, lays the groundwork. It show by example how grammatical form-meaning pairings are fleshed out in languages from Latin to French and Spanish, and how they compare both across languages and over time.”
“We think we know Romance languages, but do we really? The papers in this innovative volume target some of the toughest grammatical problems that linguists have encountered – from complex prepositions to parenthetical phrases to fragmentary expressions – and provide a testament to our ability as language users to adapt linguistic routines to communicative needs. Along the way, the authors illuminate the distinct linguistic solutions that users of Romance languages have evolved – solutions that reflect both the common heritage and divergent histories of these languages. The case studies collected here demonstrate that by embracing idiosyncrasy, usage factors and meaningful syntactic patterns, we gain descriptive precision and breadth. This engaging volume offers insights to any scholar of Romance syntax and the lexicon. It also richly illustrates the way in which Construction Grammar captures the continuum of generality in language – from fixed expressions to highly schematic (and potentially universal) combinatoric patterns.”
“All things considered, Romance Perspectives on Construction Grammar is a valuable contribution to the study of Romance Languages Grammar within the Construction Grammar framework.”
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Boas, Hans C. & Alexander Ziem
2018.  In Constructicography [Constructional Approaches to Language, 22],  pp. 183 ff. Crossref logo
Busso, Lucia
2020. Constructional creativity in a Romance language. Belgian Journal of Linguistics 34  pp. 17 ff. Crossref logo
Gonzálvez-García, Francisco
2018. Taming iconicity in the Spanish and Italian translations of Shakespeare’s Sonnets . English Text Construction 11:1  pp. 105 ff. Crossref logo
Gonzálvez-García, Francisco
2020.  In Figurative Meaning Construction in Thought and Language [Figurative Thought and Language, 9],  pp. 152 ff. Crossref logo
Rottet, Kevin J.
2021.  In Constructions in Contact 2 [Constructional Approaches to Language, 30],  pp. 234 ff. Crossref logo
Ruiz de Mendoza Ibáñez, Francisco José, Alba Luzondo Oyón & Paula Pérez Sobrino
2017.  In Constructing Families of Constructions [Human Cognitive Processing, 58],  pp. 1 ff. Crossref logo
Wicher, Oliver
2018.  In Tense, Aspect, Modality, and Evidentiality [Studies in Language Companion Series, 197],  pp. 309 ff. Crossref logo

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Subjects & Metadata
BIC Subject: CF/2AD – Linguistics/Romance, Italic & Rhaeto-Romanic languages
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
ONIX Metadata
ONIX 2.1
ONIX 3.0
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2014021644 | Marc record