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A cognitive-constructionist approach to Spanish creo Ø and creo yo ‘[I] think’

Anja Hennemann
From the journal Folia Linguistica

Abstract

The present study approaches the Spanish postposed constructions creo Ø and creo yo ‘[p], [I] think’ from a cognitive-constructionist perspective. It is argued that both constructions are to be distinguished from one another because creo Ø has a subjective function, while in creo yo, it is the intersubjective dimension that is particularly prominent. The present investigation takes both a qualitative and a quantitative perspective. With regard to the latter, the problem of quantitative representativity is addressed. The discussion posed the question of how empirical research can feed back into theory, more precisely, into the framework of Cognitive Construction Grammar. The data to be analyzed here are retrieved from the corpora Corpus de Referencia del Español Actual and Corpus del Español.

Acknowledgment

I would like to thank the anonymous reviewers for their helpful comments on an earlier version of this paper.

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Received: 2015-4-14
Revised: 2015-12-13
Revised: 2016-4-22
Accepted: 2016-5-31
Published Online: 2016-11-8
Published in Print: 2016-11-1

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