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Constructional phrasemes in Modern Greek: structure and meaning

From the book Productive Patterns in Phraseology and Construction Grammar

  • Elizaveta Onufrieva


This study aims to explore the class of constructional phrasemes in the Modern Greek language. The analysis of a group of Modern Greek constructional phrasemes shows that they fall into three structural types, depending on the type of lexemes involved in their fixed component. The differences between the types of constructional phrasemes suggest that they should be positioned on the syntax-lexicon continuum in an extended rather than a local way. Different constructional phrasemes may have a similar typical meaning and form in this way distinct semantic groups, some of which are discussed in this paper. The study concludes with a description of two Modern Greek constructional phrasemes denoting multitude.

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