Article published in:Corpus-based Approaches to Construction Grammar
Edited by Jiyoung Yoon and Stefan Th. Gries
[Constructional Approaches to Language 19] 2016
► pp. 11–38
A constructional perspective on conceptual constituency
Dutch postpositions or particles?
Cognitive Grammar distinguishes three types of constituents: phonological, conceptual, and grammatical constituents. This study argues that this distinction offers a new and promising perspective on constructions whose constituent structure, or ‘constituency’, has seemed to defy analysis in the past. In particular, the study proposes a method to analyze conceptual constituency, which crucially relies on semantic considerations. The method is applied to constructions from Dutch with adpositions whose syntactic status has been unclear: they have been analyzed as postpositions by some, yet as particles by others. Using corpus data rather than constructed data with grammaticality judgments, the study concludes that the method provides new arguments for a ‘particle analysis’.
Published online: 08 September 2016
Beckner, C., & Bybee, J.
de Haas, W., & Trommelen, M.
de Schutter, G.
de Vries, J.W.
Haeseryn, W., Romijn, K., Geerts, G., de Rooij, J., & van den Toorn, M.C.
van der Leek, F.C.
van Riemsdijk, H.C.
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