Constructions at Work: The Nature of Generalization in by Adele Goldberg

By Adele Goldberg

This e-book investigates the character of generalization in language and examines how language is understood through adults and purchased by way of young ones. It seems to be at how and why structures are realized, the relation among their varieties and features, and the way cross-linguistic and language-internal generalizations approximately them will be defined. buildings at paintings is split into 3 components: within the first Professor Goldberg offers an summary of constructionist methods, together with the constructionist method of argument constitution, and argues for a usage-based version of grammar. partly II she addresses concerns relating how generalizations are restricted and constructional generalizations are realized. partially III the writer exhibits blend of functionality and processing money owed for a variety of language-internal and cross-linguistic generalizations. She then considers the measure to which the functionality of buildings explains their distribution and examines cross-linguistic developments in argument attention. She demonstrates that pragmatic and cognitive methods account for the knowledge with out entice conditions which are language-specific. This booklet is a vital contribution to the research of the way language operates within the brain and on this planet and the way those operations relate. it truly is of primary curiosity for students and graduate-level scholars in all branches of theoretical linguistics and psycholinguistics. it is going to additionally entice cognitive scientists and philosophers interested by language and its acquisition.

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A. Ditransitive “for” benefactive B. ’’ Similarities between the two proposed types of ditransitive expressions (A and B in the diagram above) begin with their shared surface form; in its simple active form, the ditransitive involves an active verb followed by two objects. 1); adverbs may not separate the two object arguments in ditransitives (12a,b); both types of [C]ontemporary linguistics has carried the fantasy to new heights, and expanded it with a new version of an old vision, that of synonymy: not only are there mindless morphs, but there are mindless diVerences between one construction and another.

7 The role(s) of the verb In this section, we address the question of how to account for the overlap in meaning in paraphrases and we examine why the overt interpretation of instances of the same construction may diVer, and may allow distinct ranges of paraphrases. One key to these questions lies in the recognition that there is more to the interpretation of a clause than the argument structure construction used to express it. The overall interpretation is arrived at by integrating the argument structure construction with the main verb and various arguments, in light of the pragmatic context in which the clause is uttered.

The house built for Mary. It is true that there do exist certain verbs that can be expressed with arguments, or alternatively with arguments, such as pass and open (also move), but there also Surface Generalizations 33 Thus Baker’s description of the special properties of the ditransitive construction do not provide motivation for a derivational account; instead they beg for an explanation as to what makes the ditransitive construction distinct from its prepositional paraphrase.

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