Constructions: A Construction Grammar Approach to Argument Structure (Cognitive Theory of Language and Culture Series) (Paperback)

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Drawing on work in linguistics, language acquisition, and computer science, Adele E. Goldberg proposes that grammatical constructions play a central role in the relation between the form and meaning of simple sentences. She demonstrates that the syntactic patterns associated with simple sentences are imbued with meaning—that the constructions themselves carry meaning independently of the words in a sentence.

Goldberg provides a comprehensive account of the relation between verbs and constructions, offering ways to relate verb and constructional meaning, and to capture relations among constructions and generalizations over constructions. Prototypes, frame semantics, and metaphor are shown to play crucial roles. In addition, Goldberg presents specific analyses of several constructions, including the ditransitive and the resultative constructions, revealing systematic semantic generalizations.

Through a comparison with other current approaches to argument structure phenomena, this book narrows the gap between generative and cognitive theories of language.

About the Author


Adele E. Goldberg is associate professor at the University of Illinois in the Department of Linguistics. In 1996, she won the Gustave O. Arlt Award in the Humanities for her work on Constructions.


Product Details
ISBN: 9780226300863
ISBN-10: 0226300862
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication Date: March 15th, 1995
Pages: 271
Language: English
Series: Cognitive Theory of Language and Culture Series