Article published in:Linking Constructions into Functional Linguistics: The role of constructions in grammar
Edited by Brian Nolan and Elke Diedrichsen
[Studies in Language Companion Series 145] 2013
► pp. 41–66
Constructions in RRG
A case study of mimetic verbs in Japanese
This paper examines the ability of a mimetic verb in Japanese (e.g. burabura ‘manner of swinging’ + suru ‘do’ â†’ burabura-suru) to occur in different morphosyntactic environments. Following Van Valin (2013), it argues that two seemingly contradictory standpoints, a constructionist’s view (Tsujimura 2005) and a projectionist’s view (Kageyama 2007), are actually complementary. While an account of intransitive mimetic verbs requires no postulation of constructional schemas, as these verbs show straightforward cases of linking in simple sentences, the paper utilizes two constructional schemas to cover notable characteristics of transitive mimetic verbs: one for mimetics compounded by -sase ‘cause’ and the other for the colloquial alternate of the adverbial mimetic-transitive verb combination.
Published online: 06 December 2013
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