Constructional Approaches to English Grammar

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The book presents a series of new perspectives on patterns and developments in English grammar from a constructional perspective.The articles are authored by new and emerging experts in English grammar, who provide a critical assessment of the role of constructions in key areas of grammatical theory, from both synchronic and diachronic perspectives.

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"In my opinion, the present volume admirably succeeds in engaging the reader in a truly illuminating and challenging reappraisal of CxG for the description of different areas of English grammar, including, as rightly pointed out by the editors (p. 173), levels of analysis often left unaccounted for by most construction grammarians, such as phonology. This collective work offers new insights into relevant long-standing phenomena (...)."Francisco Gonzálvez-Garcia in: English Language and Linguistics 14.1/2010
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Graeme Trousdale and Nikolas Gisborne, Edinburgh University, Scotland.

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Table of Contents

Constructional approaches to language-particular description Nikolas Gisborne Gisborne, Nikolas Graeme Trousdale Trousdale, Graeme 1

1 The English gerund

Gerunds, categories and constructions 7

Approaches to the English gerund Bas Aarts Aarts, Bas 11

Constructions in grammaticalization and lexicalization: Evidence from the history of a composite predicate construction in English Graeme Trousdale Trousdale, Graeme 33

2 Constructions and corpora

Corpus approaches to constructions 71

English relative clauses and Construction Grammar: A topic which preposition placement can shed light on? Thomas Hoffmann Hoffmann, Thomas 77

Shall and shan't in contemporary English - a case of functional condensation Alexander Bergs Bergs, Alexander 113

Constraints on the attributive use of "predicative-only" adjectives: A reassessment Julia Schluter Schluter, Julia 145

3 Constructions and lexicalism

Constructions and lexical approaches 183

Antitransitivity and constructionality Andrew Rosta Rosta, Andrew 187

Dependencies are constructions: A case study in predicative complementation Nikolas Gisborne Gisborne, Nikolas 219

Word Grammar and Construction Grammar Richard Hudson Hudson, Richard 257

Author index 303

Subject index 308

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