Lexical and Syntactical Constructions and the Construction of Meaning: Proceedings of the Bi-Annual ICLA Meeting in Albuquerque, July 1996

Lexical and Syntactical Constructions and the Construction of Meaning: Proceedings of the Bi-Annual ICLA Meeting in Albuquerque, July 1996

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Lexical and Syntactical Constructions and the Construction of Meaning: Proceedings of the Bi-Annual ICLA Meeting in Albuquerque, July 1996 by Marjolijn Verspoor, Naoko Hayase, Holger Diessel, Lena Ekberg

The basic tenet of cognitive linguistics is that every linguistic expression is a construal relation. The first section of this volume focuses on issues of such construal and presentation of information, including figure-ground relations, image-schematic structures, and the role of syntactic constructions in information structure.In sections two and three papers are presented on cross-categorial polysemy between lexical and grammatical uses of a morpheme, and between different grammatical senses, and on the relationship between earlier lexical senses and later grammatical ones.
The final section of the volume brings together studies which shed further light on transitivity and argument structure. The study of transitivity necessarily entails exploration of the relationship between syntactic constructions and the pragmatics and semantics conveyed by such constructions.
As a whole, this collection of papers gives new evidence on the complexity and motivation of the mapping between linguistic form and function and offers a wealth of new directions for research on the construction of meaning at every level of the sentence.

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ISBN-13: 9781556198656
Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing Company
Publication date: 07/01/1997
Series: Current Issues in Linguistic Theory Series
Pages: 466
Product dimensions: 6.46(w) x 9.65(h) x (d)

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