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International Annual for Lexicography / Revue Internationale de Lexicographie / Internationales Jahrbuch für Lexikographie

Ed. by Gouws, Rufus Hjalmar / Heid, Ulrich / Herbst, Thomas / Lobenstein-Reichmann, Anja / Schierholz, Stefan J. / Schweickard, Wolfgang

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Volume 35, Issue 1


Framing constructicography

Hans C. Boas
  • University of Texas at Austin 1 University Station, C3300, BUR 336, Department of Germanic Studies, Austin, Texas 78712 Austin USA
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Published Online: 2019-11-23 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/lex-2019-0002


Constructicography can be defined as a blend between Construction Grammar and Practical Lexicography, which aims at developing constructicons: repositories of form and function pairings in a language. In this paper, we present a comprehensive overview of this emerging field by (i) tracking the origins of both Frame Semantics and Construction Grammar and the repercussions of their intertwined developments to Computational Lexicography and Constructicography; (ii) comparing the impacts of the different degrees of interconnection between constructicons and framenets and (iii) discussing the possible applications of these resources. Also, we argue that Constructicography, while obviously building on the accumulated knowledge compiled by numerous Construction Grammar approaches to language, also contributes to its mother theory, since the effort to build coherent formalized computational resources forces constructionist analysis to go beyond describing families of constructions into the enterprise of describing a coherent construction grammar of a language.

Keywords: Frame Semantics; Construction Grammar; FrameNet; Constructicography; Constructicon

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Published Online: 2019-11-23

Published in Print: 2019-12-01

Citation Information: Lexicographica, Volume 35, Issue 1, Pages 41–85, ISSN (Online) 1865-9403, ISSN (Print) 0175-6206, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/lex-2019-0002.

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