Publication details [#10707]

Fillmore, Charles J., Paul Kay and Mary Catherine O'Connor. 1988. Regularity and idiomaticity in grammatical constructions: The case of 'let alone'. Language 64 (3) : 501–538.
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Language as a subject


A syntactic, semantic, and pragmatic analysis of grammatical constructions containing the conjunction 'let alone'. It is suggested that an explanatory model of grammar should include principles by which a language can associate semantic and pragmatic interpretation principles with semantic configurations larger and more complex than those definable by means of simple phrase structure rules.