Productivity

Evidence from Case and Argument Structure in Icelandic

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Productivity of argument structure constructions is a new emerging field within cognitive-functional linguistics. The term productivity as used in linguistic research contains at least three subconcepts: ‘extensibility’, ‘regularity’, and ‘generality’. The focus in this study of case and argument structure constructions in Icelandic is on the concept of extensibility, while generality and regularity are regarded as derivative of extensibility. Productivity is considered to be a function of type frequency, semantic coherence, and the inverse correlation between these two. This study establishes productivity as an emergent feature of the grammatical system, in an analysis that is grounded in a usage-based constructional approach, where constructions are organized into lexicality-schematicity hierarchies. The view of syntactic productivity advocated here offers a unified account of productivity, in that it captures different degrees of productivity, ranging from highly productive patterns through various intermediate degrees of productivity to low-level analogical extensions.
[Constructional Approaches to Language, 8]  2008.  xiii, 209 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Preface
Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. Productivity
Chapter 3. New verbs in Icelandic: A general outline
Chapter 4. Nonce verbs: A psycholinguistic experiment
Chapter 5. New verbs of communication: A questionnaire
Chapter 6. Old and Modern Icelandic: A frequency comparison
Chapter 7. Synthesis
References
Appendix A. Predicates and case and argument structure constructions in the text corpora
Appendix B. Recent borrowings in Icelandic
Appendix C. The questionnaire
Name index
203–204
Subject index
205–207
Constructions index
209
“An important book, clarifying the concept of productivity, which is often used in the language sciences but is seldom clearly defined. Apart from providing an illuminating meta-analysis, Barðdal develops an original theory of the productivity of case and argument structure constructions.”
“A 'two-for-one' package, containing both an original and realistic approach to productivity in terms of Construction Grammar and, simultaneously, a penetrating study of case and argument structure in Icelandic. On both accounts the book is a novel and, in my view, a highly successful contribution to theoretical and empirical linguistics.”
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