Causation and Reasoning Constructions

Masaru Kanetani | University of Tsukuba, Japan
ISBN 9789027202468 | EUR 90.00 | USD 135.00
ISBN 9789027262714 | EUR 90.00 | USD 135.00
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Causation and reasoning are different but related types of relationships. Both causal relations and reasoning processes may be expressed with one and the same connective word in some languages: English speakers use because and Japanese speakers use kara. How then are causation and reasoning processes related to and different from each other? How do we construe and encode them? How is because different from other conjunctions with similar meanings?
To account for these and related empirical questions, this book presents an integrated analysis in accordance with the original principles of Construction Grammar. In particular, the book shows that the analysis proposed is compatible with our general knowledge about causation and reasoning and that it is valid for English and Japanese. The proposed analysis is also comprehensively applicable to a variety of related phenomena, ranging from the just because X doesn’t mean Y construction to the innovative and less known because X construction.
[Constructional Approaches to Language, 25] 2019.  xi, 196 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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“In summary, Kanetani’s monograph is a valuable contribution to the grammatical expression of causal relations and reasoning processes in English. At the same time, it is a fine contribution to the Construction Grammar literature, showing the potential of this theoretical framework to account for both ‘core’ and ‘peripheral’ linguistic phenomena.”
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2021. A grammatico-pragmatic analysis of the because X construction: Private expression within public expression. F1000Research 10  pp. 965 ff. DOI logo
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2022. A grammatico-pragmatic analysis of the because X construction: Private expression within public expression. F1000Research 10  pp. 965 ff. DOI logo
2021. Category-free complement selection in causal adjunct phrases. English Language and Linguistics 25:4  pp. 719 ff. DOI logo

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Main BIC Subject

CFK: Grammar, syntax

Main BISAC Subject

LAN009060: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Syntax
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