Lexical and Syntactical Constructions and the Construction of Meaning

Proceedings of the bi-annual ICLA meeting in Albuquerque, July 1995

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| University of California, Berkeley
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The basic tenet of cognitive linguistics is that every linguistic expression is a construal relation. The first section of this volume focuses on issues of such construal and presentation of information, including figure-ground relations, image-schematic structures, and the role of syntactic constructions in information structure.

In sections two and three papers are presented on cross-categorial polysemy between lexical and grammatical uses of a morpheme, and between different grammatical senses, and on the relationship between earlier lexical senses and later grammatical ones.

The final section of the volume brings together studies which shed further light on transitivity and argument structure. The study of transitivity necessarily entails exploration of the relationship between syntactic constructions and the pragmatics and semantics conveyed by such constructions.

As a whole, this collection of papers gives new evidence on the complexity and motivation of the mapping between linguistic form and function and offers a wealth of new directions for research on the construction of meaning at every level of the sentence.

[Current Issues in Linguistic Theory, 150]  1999.  xii, 454 pp.
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Table of Contents
Acknowledgements
ix
Introduction
xi
Part I: Image Schemas and Construal Relations
1
Some Properties and Groupings of Image Schemas
Alan Cienki
3
Construal Transformations: Internal and External Viewpoints in Interpreting Containment
Robert B. Dewell
17
The Role of Figure, Ground, and Coercion in Aspectual Interpretation
Naoko Hayase
33
Verb-First Constructions in German
Holger Diessel
51
The Mental Manipulation of the Vertical Axis: How to go from “up” to “out”, or from “above” to “behind”
Lena Ekberg
69
A Prosodic/Pragmatic Explanation for Word Order Variation in ASL with Typological Implications
Ronnie B. Wilbur
89
Part II: Grammatical Morphemes versus Lexical Units
105
Japanes ni: The Particulars of a somewhat Contradictory Particle
Kaori Kabata and Sally Rice
107
Observations on Wanka Quechua Conjecture Marking and Subjectification
Rick Floyd
129
Implementation of the FIGURE-GROUND Distinction in Polish
Laura A. Janda
149
Genitives and von-Datives in German: A Case of free Variation
Petra Campe
165
Two-way Prepositions in German: Image and Constraints
Carlo Serra-Borneto
187
Part III: Grammaticalization Processes
205
The Conventional Association of a Lexeme with a Metaphor: The Case of the Wolof Verb fekk-e
Kevin Ezra Moore
207
Conceptual Blending: The Afrikaans verbs doen ‘do’ and maak ‘make’
Willem J. Botha
231
The Spanish Copulas SER and ESTAR
Nicole Delbecque
247
The English Tense-System as an Epistemic Category: The Case of Futurity
Frank Brisard
271
From Attribution/Purpose to Cause: Image Schema and Grammaticalization of some Cause Markers in Japanese
Yo Matsumoto
287
Part IV: Degrees of Transitivity
309
Reflexive Markers in Polish: Participants, Metaphors, and Constructions
Barbara Dancygier
311
Transitivity and the Incorporation of Ground Information in Japanese Path Verbs
Victoria Muehleisen and Mutsumi Imai
329
The Samoan Transitive Suffix as an Inverse Marker
Kenneth William Cook
347
The Transitive-Ergative Interplay and the Conception of the World: A Case Study
Maarten Lemmens
363
The Relationships between Verbs and Constructions
Adele E. Goldberg
383
German Impersonal Passives
Carlee Arnett
399
An Account of Implicit Complement Control in English and German
Klaus-Uwe Panther
417
Predicate Adjuncts and Subjectification
Marjolijn Verspoor
433
Index
451
Subjects
BIC Subject: CF – Linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  97018868
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