Bert Cappelle

Bert Cappelle

List of John Benjamins publications for which Bert Cappelle plays a role.



Modality and Diachronic Construction Grammar

Edited by Martin Hilpert, Bert Cappelle and Ilse Depraetere

[Constructional Approaches to Language, 32] 2021. v, 251 pp.
Subjects Historical linguistics | Semantics | Syntax | Theoretical linguistics

Modal Meaning in Construction Grammar

Edited by Bert Cappelle and Ilse Depraetere

Special issue of Constructions and Frames 8:1 (2016) vi, 129 pp.
Subjects Cognition and language | Functional linguistics | Syntax | Theoretical linguistics


This paper focuses on emphatic sentence fragments of the type Not in a million years!. While such fragments can be partially accounted for by a known type of ellipsis, namely ‘stripping’ , it is argued here that this type is best treated as a construction in its own right, with formal, semantic and… read more | Article
This study focuses on French and English abstract nouns denoting properties that can be ascribed to humans, such as beauty, carefulness and anger. Previous research showed that some but not all of these nouns are licensed in both locative existentials (e.g., There’s an intense anger in Isabella)… read more | Article
Hilpert, Martin, Bert Cappelle and Ilse Depraetere. 2021. Modality in Diachronic Construction Grammar: Long-standing questions, new perspectives. Modality and Diachronic Construction Grammar, Hilpert, Martin, Bert Cappelle and Ilse Depraetere (eds.), pp. 1–11
This study investigates visual motion expressions in Dutch, English, and French. As a translation corpus, I use Roald Dahl’s children’s book The Witches, which abounds in staring and peeping events, and its Dutch and French translations. Based on the hypothesis that languages’ constructional… read more | Chapter
When an ambiguous lexical item appears within a familiar string of words, it can instantly receive an appropriate interpretation from this context, thus being saturated by it. Such a context may also short-circuit illocutionary and other pragmatic aspects of interpretation. We here extract from the… read more | Article
Cappelle, Bert and Ilse Depraetere. 2016. Short-circuited interpretations of modal verb constructions: Some evidence from The Simpsons. Modal Meaning in Construction Grammar, Cappelle, Bert and Ilse Depraetere (eds.), pp. 7–39
In this paper we aim to show how distinct semantic and pragmatic layers of modal interpretation can be fruitfully integrated within a constructionist approach. We discuss in detail a number of cases from the Simpsons where a modal verb, as part of a longer expression, has a short-circuited… read more | Article
Cappelle, Bert and Ilse Depraetere. 2016. Modal meaning in Construction Grammar. Modal Meaning in Construction Grammar, Cappelle, Bert and Ilse Depraetere (eds.), pp. 1–6
Cappelle, Bert and Ilse Depraetere. 2016. Response to Hilpert. Modal Meaning in Construction Grammar, Cappelle, Bert and Ilse Depraetere (eds.), pp. 86–96
We examine the possible impact of frequency differences between a construction in L1 and its equivalent in L2 on translations. Our case is that of existential there in English and existential il y a in French. Using corpus evidence, we first confirm previous claims that existential there is used… read more | Article
Cappelle, Bert. 2009. Contextual cues for particle placement: Multiplicity, motivation, modeling. Contexts and Constructions, Bergs, Alexander and Gabriele Diewald (eds.), pp. 145–192
Cappelle, Bert. 2008. The grammar of complex particle phrases in English. Syntax and Semantics of Spatial P, Asbury, Anna, Jakub Dotlačil, Berit Gehrke and Rick Nouwen (eds.), pp. 103–145
Cappelle, Bert. 2004. The Particularity of Particles, or Why They Are Not Just ‘Intransitive Prepositions’. Adpositions of Movement, Cuyckens, Hubert, Walter De Mulder and Tanja Mortelmans (eds.), pp. 29–57
Although the distinction between verb-preposition combinations (e.g., They fought over the money) and prima facie similar transitive verb-particle combinations (e.g., They handed over the money) is well known, some grammarians have taken the view that particles are in fact a sort of prepositions… read more | Article
Clause sequences of the type ‘X’ does not exist – its correct name is ‘Y’ use descriptive negation in the first clause but also have something literally contradictory about them that is reminiscent of metalinguistic negation. I argue that the negative existential in such clause sequences… read more | Chapter