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Constructional Approaches to English Grammar

Ed. by Trousdale, Graeme / Gisborne, Nikolas

Series:Topics in English Linguistics [TiEL] 57


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    August 2008
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    Aims and Scope

    This collection of articles brings together new research from both established and emerging international experts in the study of English grammar, all of whom have engaged with the notion of 'construction' in their work.The research here is concerned with both synchrony and diachrony, with the relationship between Construction Grammar and other linguistic theories, and with a number of issues in the study of grammar, such as raising and control phenomena, transitivity, relative clause structure, the syntax of gerunds, attributive and predicative uses of adjectives, modality, and grammaticalization.

    Some of the articles are written within a constructional framework, while others highlight potential problems with constructional approaches to English grammar; some of the articles are based on data collected from corpora, some on introspection; some of the articles suggest potential developments for diachronic construction grammar, while others seek to compare Construction Grammar with other cognitive linguistic theories, most particularly Word Grammar.The research reported in this volume presents a series of ways of looking at the relationship between constructions and patterns in English grammar, either now or in the past.

    The bookaddresses scholars and advanced students who are interested in English grammar, constructional approaches to language, and the relationship between functional and formal issues in linguistic description and theory.

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    23 x 15.5 cm
    vi, 310 pages
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    Type of Publication:
    English /language; Cognitive Linguistics

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    Graeme Trousdale and Nikolas Gisborne, Edinburgh University, Scotland.


    "In my opinion, the present volume admirably succeeds in engaging the reader in a truly illuminating and challenging reappraisal of CxG for the description of different areas of English grammar, including, as rightly pointed out by the editors (p. 173), levels of analysis often left unaccounted for by most construction grammarians, such as phonology. This collective work offers new insights into relevant long-standing phenomena (...)."
    Francisco Gonzálvez-Garcia in: English Language and Linguistics 14.1/2010

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