Constructicon development across languages

| University of Gothenburg
| University of Gothenburg
| Keio University
| Federal University of Juiz de Fora
ISBN 9789027201003 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
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In constructionist theory, a constructicon is an inventory of constructions making up the full set of linguistic units in a language. In applied practice, it is a set of construction descriptions – a “dictionary of constructions”. The development of constructicons in the latter sense typically means combining principles of both construction grammar and lexicography, and is probably best characterized as a blend between the two traditions. We call this blend constructicography.

The present volume is a comprehensive introduction to the emerging field of constructicography. After a general introduction follow six chapters presenting constructicon projects for English, German, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, Russian, and Swedish, respectively, often in relation to a framenet of the language. In addition, there is a chapter addressing the interplay between linguistics and language technology in constructicon development, and a final chapter exploring the prospects for interlingual constructicography.

This is the first major publication devoted to constructicon development and it should be particularly relevant for those interested in construction grammar, frame semantics, lexicography, the relation between grammar and lexicon, or linguistically informed language technology.

[Constructional Approaches to Language, 22]  2018.  viii, 313 pp.
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Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Introduction: Constructicons and constructicography
Benjamin Lyngfelt
Chapter 2. The FrameNet constructicon in action
Russell Lee-Goldman and Miriam R.L. Petruck
Chapter 3. Constructicography at work: Theory meets practice in the Swedish constructicon
Benjamin Lyngfelt, Linnéa Bäckström, Lars Borin, Anna Ehrlemark and Rudolf Rydstedt
Chapter 4. Towards continuity between the lexicon and the constructicon in FrameNet Brasil
Tiago Timponi Torrent, Ely Edison da Silva Matos, Ludmila Meireles Lage, Adrieli Laviola, Tatiane da Silva Tavares, Vânia Gomes de Almeida and Natália Sathler Sigiliano
Chapter 5. Relations between frames and constructions: A proposal from the Japanese FrameNet constructicon
Kyoko Ohara
Chapter 6. A constructicon for Russian: Filling in the gaps
Laura A. Janda, Olga Lyashevskaya, Tore Nesset, Ekaterina V. Rakhilina and Francis M. Tyers
Chapter 7. Constructing a constructicon for German: Empirical, theoretical, and methodological issues
Hans C. Boas and Alexander Ziem
Chapter 8. Linguistics vs. language technology in constructicon building and use
Lars Borin, Dana Dannélls and Normunds Grūzītis
Chapter 9. Aligning constructicons across languages: A trilingual comparison between English, Swedish, and Brazilian Portuguese
Benjamin Lyngfelt, Tiago Timponi Torrent, Adrieli Laviola, Linnéa Bäckström, Anna Helga Hannesdóttir and Ely Edison da Silva Matos
General index
Index of constructions
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Terminology & Lexicography

BIC Subject: CFG – Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis
BISAC Subject: LAN016000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Semantics
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2018014202