Corpus-based Approaches to Construction Grammar

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| University of North Texas
| University of California, Santa Barbara
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This volume brings together empirical Construction Grammar studies to (i) promote cross-fertilization between researchers interested in constructional approaches on various languages, and (ii) further the growing trend towards empirically rigorous research that takes seriously a commitment not only to usage-based theories, but also to usage-based methodologies. Accordingly, the chapters in this volume comprise a range of studies not based on synchronic contemporary English but include Dutch, old English, Italian, and Spanish. This volume also features studies from a wider range of statistical sophistication: some chapters use more traditional frequency- and attestation-based approaches, some chapters use inferential statistical techniques to explore lexically specific preferences and patterns in constructional slots, and some chapters use multifactorial hypothesis-testing techniques or multivariate exploratory tools to discover patterns in corpus data that a mere eye-balling or simple statistical tools would not uncover.
[Constructional Approaches to Language, 19]  2016.  vi, 268 pp.
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Table of Contents
Corpus-based approaches to Construction Grammar: Introduction
Jiyoung Yoon and Stefan Th. Gries
1–8
I. Part 1. Frequencies and probabilities
A constructional perspective on conceptual constituency: Dutch postpositions or particles?
Maaike Beliën
11–38
Development and representation of Italian light-fare constructions
Valeria Quochi
39–64
Constructions with subject vs. object experiencers in Spanish and Italian: A corpus-based approach
Victoria Vázquez Rozas and Viola G. Miglio
65–102
II. Part 2. Collostructional Analysis
Spanish constructions of directed motion – a quantitative study: Typological variation and framing strategy
Johan Pedersen
105–144
A corpus-based study of infinitival and sentential complement constructions in Spanish
Jiyoung Yoon and Stefanie Wulff
145–164
Sense-based and lexeme-based alternation biases in the Dutch dative alternation
Sarah Bernolet and Timothy Colleman
165–198
III. Part 3. Multifactorial and Multivariate Analysis
A multifactorial analysis of that/zero alternation: The diachronic development of the zero complementizer with think, guess and understand
Christopher Shank, Koen Plevoets and Julie Van Bogaert
201–240
A geometric exemplar-based model of semantic structure: The Dutch causative construction with laten
Natalia Levshina
241–262
Index
263–268
“This excellent volume showcases the benefits of applying corpus linguistic methods to theoretical questions in Construction Grammar. Yoon and Gries have brought together eight highly interesting studies that address a wide range of grammatical phenomena, including adpositions, light verbs, case marking, complementation, and causation, which are studied across several Romance and Germanic languages. The volume thus nicely illustrates the whole breadth and depth of corpus-based constructional analyses.”
“Yoon and Gries’ volume brings together a range of exciting new research that is sure to inspire both corpus linguists and practitioners of Construction Grammar. The chapters are exemplary in their adaptation and imaginative application of corpus-based methodologies to the elucidation of syntactic and semantic patterning in English and languages other than English. Taken as a whole, the volume makes a compelling and eloquent case for corpus-based Construction Grammar and represents an important milestone in the continuing evolution of Construction Grammar approaches.”
“Yoon and Gries‘ collection testifies to the manifestation of a new stage in the field of usage-based linguistics, contributing to the further establishment of data-based linguistic theorizing within the framework of CxG. The studies assembled are mainly based on data from languages other than English, including a diachronic perspective and they show how empirical methods can be tailored effectively to the issues and phenomena investigated. The gain is twofold: Firstly, the analysis of non-English data adds to the generalizability of (language-specific) usage-based findings, and secondly, the choice of effective quantitative methods offered highlights/demonstrates their great potential for empirical research into the nature of language.”
“Patterns of usage are only partially accessible to introspection. Usage-based approaches to language structure thus require the retrieval and assessment of actual usage data. This shift from introspection to corpus-linguistic methods has turned the study of syntax into a thoroughly empirical enterprise, initiating the "Quantitative Turn" in (cognitive) linguistic research. The contributions to this volume testify not only to the increased methodological repertoire now at the disposal of grammarians interested in a variety of languages other than English, but also to the fact that construction grammar provides a framework capable of reflecting how linguistic systems arise from speaker's experience of language in use.”
“[I]t furnishes the reader with an overview of the possibilities of corpus methods in a constructional approach to language. In doing so, it provides inspiration to linguists working in Construction Grammar on how to choose the appropriate corpus technique from an ever-growing methodological toolbox. Meanwhile, the theoretical implications of the contributions show how we are steadily making scientific progress as a field. Corpus researchers are offered with examples of how to embed their analyses within the framework of Construction Grammar.”
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Subjects
BIC Subject: CFX – Computational linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009060 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Syntax
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2016025737