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Konstruktionen in der kommunikativen Praxis. Zur Notwendigkeit einer interaktionalen Anreicherung konstruktionsgrammatischer Ansätze

Susanne Günthner
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The following contribution is dedicated to questions about the interface between interactionally based studies on the grammar of everyday language use and “usage-based” approaches from Construction Grammar.

Studies of grammatical structures in interactional use make it clear that concepts of grammar which assume homogeneous, static categories are only partly suitable for the description of spoken language, since grammatical structures in communicative practice are more heterogeneous, open and context dependent than postulated. At the same time, these analyses show that prefabricated patterns form an important means of solving communicative tasks precisely in oral communication, which takes place under time pressure. These factors make usage-based approaches from Construction Grammar attractive as a framework for a practically oriented examination of grammar, though many divergences exist all the same.

On the basis of empirical analyses of pseudo-clefts and wenn constructions in spoken German, the article discusses the possibility of extending usage-based approaches from Construction Grammar, which aims to integrate the circumstances of language production and reception in communicative practice into the analysis, and therefore the fact that we use language in order to carry out social activities in the process of interaction.

Adresse der Verfasserin: Prof. Dr. Susanne Günthner, Germanistisches Institut, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Hindenburgplatz 34, D-48143 Münster. E-Mail:

Online erschienen: 2010-03-24
Erschienen im Druck: 2009-December