Causation and Reasoning Constructions

| University of Tsukuba, Japan
ISBN 9789027202468 | EUR 90.00 | USD 135.00
ISBN 9789027262714 | EUR 90.00 | USD 135.00
Causation and reasoning are different but related types of relationships. Both causal relations and reasoning processes may be expressed with one and the same connective word in some languages: English speakers use because and Japanese speakers use kara. How then are causation and reasoning processes related to and different from each other? How do we construe and encode them? How is because different from other conjunctions with similar meanings?
To account for these and related empirical questions, this book presents an integrated analysis in accordance with the original principles of Construction Grammar. In particular, the book shows that the analysis proposed is compatible with our general knowledge about causation and reasoning and that it is valid for English and Japanese. The proposed analysis is also comprehensively applicable to a variety of related phenomena, ranging from the just because X doesn’t mean Y construction to the innovative and less known because X construction.
[Constructional Approaches to Language, 25]  2019.  xi, 196 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. Previous studies: From gestalt to construction
List of abbreviations
Chapter 3. Constructions of causation and reasoning
Chapter 4. Focalizations of because- and since-clauses
Chapter 5. causal Construction and reasoning Construction in Japanese
Chapter 6. Constructions of metalinguistic reasons
Chapter 7. Analogy in construction grammar: The case of just because of X doesn’t mean Y
Chapter 8. Innovative use of because
Chapter 9. Conclusion
Construction Index
Subject index
“In summary, Kanetani’s monograph is a valuable contribution to the grammatical expression of causal relations and reasoning processes in English. At the same time, it is a fine contribution to the Construction Grammar literature, showing the potential of this theoretical framework to account for both ‘core’ and ‘peripheral’ linguistic phenomena.”


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BIC Subject: CFK – Grammar, syntax
BISAC Subject: LAN009060 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Syntax
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