Corpus, Cognition and Causative Constructions

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English causative constructions with cause, get, have and make are often mistakenly presented as (quasi-)synonymous and more or less interchangeable. This book demonstrates the value of corpus linguistics in identifying the syntactic, semantic, lexical and stylistic features that are distinctive for each of these constructions. It also underlines the usefulness of providing corpus studies with a solid theoretical foundation by showing how corpus linguistics can be fruitfully combined with cognitive linguistics, which is used both as a starting point for the analysis (top-down approach) and as a framework within which to interpret the corpus results (bottom-up approach). From a methodological point of view, the study illustrates the complementarity of corpus and elicitation data, and offers tools and methods that could be used to investigate other syntactic structures. Finally, the book also has a pedagogical dimension in that it examines how the research findings can be applied to foreign language teaching.
[Studies in Corpus Linguistics, 39]  2010.  xvii, 326 pp.
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Table of Contents
List of tables
xi–xv
List of figures
xvi
Acknowledgements
xvii
1. Introduction
1–4
2. Corpus linguistics and theory
5–24
3. English causative constructions: Collecting the data
25–59
4. Causative constructions in action: The realisation of the action chain
61–96
5. The syntax and semantics of causative constructions: The Principle of No Synonymy
97–144
6. Defining the causative prototype
145–168
7. Lexical co-occurrence in causative constructions
169–192
8. Collexemes in the effect slot
193–222
9. The influence of register on causative constructions
223–250
10. Causative constructions and foreign language teaching
251–276
11. Conclusion
277–284
References
285–304
Appendix 1. Elicitation test
305–310
Appendix 2. Distinctive syntactic and semantic features of causative constructions
311–314
Appendix 3. Most frequent syntactic and semantic features of causative constructions
315–316
Author index
317–320
Subject index
321–326
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Subjects
BIC Subject: CFX – Computational linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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