Construction Grammars: Cognitive Grounding And Theoretical Extensions

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Jan-Ola Ístman, Mirjam Fried
John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2005 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 324 pages
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The notion construction has become indispensable in present-day linguistics and in language studies in general. This volume extends the traditional domain of Construction Grammar (CxG) in several directions, all with a cognitive basis. Addressing a number of issues (such as coercion, discourse patterning, language change), the contributions show how CxG must be part and parcel of cognitively oriented studies of language, including language universals. The volume also gives informative accounts of how the notion construction is developed in approaches that are conceptually close to, and relatively compatible with, CxG: Conceptual Semantics, Word Grammar, Cognitive Grammar, Embodied Construction Grammar, and Radical Construction Grammar.

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