When tense meets constructional meaning
The realis and irrealis alternation in the enough construction
Construction Grammar, one of the major frameworks in Cognitive Linguistics, has been successful in providing accounts of a wide range of empirical data. The approach has recently placed great emphasis on low-level generalizations, and some studies have argued that a constructional meaning is often associated only with a specific lexical item. Therefore, by investigating in detail the form [copula be + Adj. + enough + to-infinitive], the present study proposes that the combinatorial potential of the intensifier enough and the derived constructional meanings are sensitive to tense, thus emphasizing the importance of ‘item- and tense-specific constructions’.
- 2.Theoretical background
- 2.1Construction grammar
- 2.2Syntactic idiosyncrasy of enough
- 3.Two approaches to threshold value
- 3.1The implicit threshold approach
- 3.2The explicit threshold approach
- 4.Toward an item- and tense-specific construction
- 4.1Realis and irrealis interpretations in the enough construction
- 4.2Comparing be and other copulative verbs
- 4.3Invited inference
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Published online: 16 March 2018
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