Constructional Reorganization

| University of Helsinki
ISBN 9789027218278 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
ISBN 9789027291653 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
The present volume consists of several novel and different applications of the Construction Grammar framework to areas such as language change, variation, and the internal organization of grammar. The book is a collection of articles which bring together the framework of Construction Grammar and the constantly changing language system. Thereby, two main questions are addressed which are of paramount interest to linguists working with the notion of grammatical construction: Where do constructions come from? And, how are the grammatical constructions in a given language organized to form the coherent whole which we refer to as “grammar”?

The book connects the latest developments in grammatical theory and Construction Grammar with empirical findings and data, language-specific research traditions, and cross-language issues. It is aimed at linguists interested in Construction Grammar, constructional approaches to grammar more generally, language variation and change, and the internal architecture of grammar.

[Constructional Approaches to Language, 5]  2008.  vi, 155 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
1. Grammar as a Construction Site
Jaakko Leino
2. Resolving form-meaning discrepancies in Construction Grammar
Hans C. Boas
3. Language change, variability, and functional load: Finnish genericity from a constructional point of view
Pentti Leino and Jan-Ola Östman
4. Precategoriality and argument structure in Late Archaic Chinese
Walter Bisang
5. Variations in Japanese honorification - deviations or a change in the making?
Yoshiko Matsumoto
6. Constructing reasoning: The connectives för att (causal), så att (consecutive) and men att (adversative) in Swedish conversations
Jan Lindström and Anne-Marie Londen
Subject index
Index of constructions
“[…] This book offers invaluable insights into the systematic nature of language, on the one hand, and its variability and susceptibility to change, on the other. The contributions in this volume provide illuminating accounts of extant constructions and emergent constructions in languages other than English, this showing how fruitfully the synchronic analysis and the diachronic analysis can be combined within CxG(s).”
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2009. Generic variation? Developments in use of generic pronouns in late 20thcentury spoken Danish. Acta Linguistica Hafniensia 41:1  pp. 83 ff. Crossref logo

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Subjects & Metadata
BIC Subject: CFK – Grammar, syntax
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
ONIX Metadata
ONIX 2.1
ONIX 3.0
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2007045478 | Marc record