Three-participant Constructions in English: A Functional-cognitive Approach to Caused Relations

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John Benjamins Publishing, Jan 1, 2006 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 268 pages
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This study aims to give a systematic and comprehensive description of the constructions involved in three important types of alternation: the locative alternation, which is by far the most researched of the three, the image impression alternation and the material/product alternation. The author looks at the constructions as part of alternation, but also looks beyond the alternations, and analyzes and describes the constructions in their own right. They are analyzed as three-participant constructions with relational complements, construing causation of the three main subtypes of relations, namely intensive, circumstantial and possessive relations. Particular attention is paid to the concept of holicity, to the status of the prepositional phrase, and to collocational properties, which play a key role in the decision as to which alternate should be regarded as the unmarked one within its construction paradigm. The approach taken is inspired by systemic functional grammar and can broadly be characterized as cognitive-functional.
 

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Contents

I STATE OF THE ART
16
II TEXTUAL DIMENSIONS
41
III HOLICITY AND PARTIVITY
74
IV PROCESS AND PARTICIPANTS
105
V A RELATIONAL ANALYSIS
156
VI THE MATERIALPRODUCT CONSTRUCTIONS
191
VII THE IMAGE IMPRESSION AND LOCATIVE CONSTRUCTIONS
219
SUMMARY AND CONCLUSION
247
REFERENCE LIST
257
INDEX
267
The series Studies in Language Companion Series
269
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