Romance Perspectives on Construction Grammar

Hans C. Boas | University of Texas at Austin
ORCID logoFrancisco Gonzálvez-García | University of Almeria
ISBN 9789027204370 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
ISBN 9789027269638 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
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The chapters in this book show how the different flavors of Construction Grammar provide illuminating insights into the syntax, semantics, pragmatics and discourse-functional properties of specific phenomena in Romance languages such as (Castilian) Spanish, French, Romanian, and Latin from a synchronic as well as a diachronic viewpoint. The phenomena surveyed include the role of constructional meanings in novel verb-noun compounds in Spanish, the relevance of lexicalization for a constructionist analysis of complex prepositions in French, the complementariness of fragments, patterns and constructions as theoretical and explanatory constructs in verb complementation in French, Latin, and Spanish, non-constituent coordination phenomena (e.g. Right Node Raising, Argument Cluster Coordination and Gapping) in Romanian, and variable type framing in Spanish constructions of directed motion in the light of Leonard Talmy’s (2000) typological differences of lexicalization between satellite-framed and verb-framed languages.
[Constructional Approaches to Language, 15] 2014.  x, 316 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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“Construction Grammar has become progressively more influential in linguistics and psychology over the last two decades. But to date, it hasn't been systematically applied to the Romance languages. This volume, for the first time, lays the groundwork. It show by example how grammatical form-meaning pairings are fleshed out in languages from Latin to French and Spanish, and how they compare both across languages and over time.”
“We think we know Romance languages, but do we really? The papers in this innovative volume target some of the toughest grammatical problems that linguists have encountered – from complex prepositions to parenthetical phrases to fragmentary expressions – and provide a testament to our ability as language users to adapt linguistic routines to communicative needs. Along the way, the authors illuminate the distinct linguistic solutions that users of Romance languages have evolved – solutions that reflect both the common heritage and divergent histories of these languages. The case studies collected here demonstrate that by embracing idiosyncrasy, usage factors and meaningful syntactic patterns, we gain descriptive precision and breadth. This engaging volume offers insights to any scholar of Romance syntax and the lexicon. It also richly illustrates the way in which Construction Grammar captures the continuum of generality in language – from fixed expressions to highly schematic (and potentially universal) combinatoric patterns.”
“All things considered, Romance Perspectives on Construction Grammar is a valuable contribution to the study of Romance Languages Grammar within the Construction Grammar framework.”
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2017. From the past into the present: From case frames to semantic frames. Linguistics Vanguard 3:1 DOI logo
Boas, Hans C. & Alexander Ziem
2018. Chapter 7. Constructing a constructicon for German. In Constructicography [Constructional Approaches to Language, 22],  pp. 183 ff. DOI logo
Bosque, Ignacio
2021. La gramática de construcciones. Una mirada externa. Borealis – An International Journal of Hispanic Linguistics 10:1  pp. 1 ff. DOI logo
Busso, Lucia
2020. Constructional creativity in a Romance language. Belgian Journal of Linguistics 34  pp. 17 ff. DOI logo
Carmen, Mellado Blanco
2019. Phrasem-Konstruktionen kontrastiv Deutsch–Spanisch: ein korpusbasiertes Beschreibungsmodell anhand ironischer Vergleiche. Yearbook of Phraseology 10:1  pp. 65 ff. DOI logo
Gonzálvez-García, Francisco
2018. Taming iconicity in the Spanish and Italian translations of Shakespeare’sSonnets. English Text Construction 11:1  pp. 105 ff. DOI logo
Gonzálvez-García, Francisco
2020. Metonymy meets coercion. In Figurative Meaning Construction in Thought and Language [Figurative Thought and Language, 9],  pp. 152 ff. DOI logo
Hennecke, Inga & Evelyn Wiesinger
2023. Chapter 1. Construction Grammar meets Hispanic linguistics. In Constructions in Spanish [Constructional Approaches to Language, 34],  pp. 2 ff. DOI logo
Ivorra Ordines, Pedro & Maricel Esteban Fonollos
2023. Hasta los huesos, bis in die Knochen. Construcciones fraseológicas somáticas en contraste a través de corpus. Revista de Filología Alemana 31  pp. 145 ff. DOI logo
Legallois, Dominique & Adeline Patard
2017. Les constructions comme unités de la langue : illustrations, évaluation, critique. Langue française N° 194:2  pp. 5 ff. DOI logo
Mellado Blanco, Carmen & Enrique Gutiérrez Rubio
2020. New contributions of the Construction Grammar to the phraseological studies in the Romance languages. Romanica Olomucensia 32:1  pp. 1 ff. DOI logo
Rottet, Kevin J.
2021. Making one’s way in Welsh. In Constructions in Contact 2 [Constructional Approaches to Language, 30],  pp. 234 ff. DOI logo
Ruiz de Mendoza Ibáñez, Francisco José, Alba Luzondo Oyón & Paula Pérez Sobrino
2017. Introduction. In Constructing Families of Constructions [Human Cognitive Processing, 58],  pp. 1 ff. DOI logo
Van Goethem, Kristel
Wicher, Oliver
2018. Chapter 14. Phraseological usage patterns of past tenses. In Tense, Aspect, Modality, and Evidentiality [Studies in Language Companion Series, 197],  pp. 309 ff. DOI logo

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CF/2AD: Linguistics/Romance, Italic & Rhaeto-Romanic languages

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LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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