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Mon Dec 13 2010

Books: Syntax: Boas (Ed)

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        1.     Paul Peranteau , Contrastive Studies in Construction Grammar: Boas (Ed)

Message 1: Contrastive Studies in Construction Grammar: Boas (Ed)
Date: 11-Dec-2010
From: Paul Peranteau <>
Subject: Contrastive Studies in Construction Grammar: Boas (Ed)
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Title: Contrastive Studies in Construction Grammar Series Title: Constructional Approaches to Language 10

Publication Year: 2010 Publisher: John Benjamins

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Editor: Hans C. Boas

Electronic: ISBN: 9789027287601 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 90.00 Electronic: ISBN: 9789027287601 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 135.00 Hardback: ISBN: 9789027204325 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 90.00 Hardback: ISBN: 9789027204325 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 135.00 Hardback: ISBN: 9789027204325 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 95.40


The papers in this volume provide a contrastive application of Construction Grammar. By referencing a well-described constructional phenomenon in English, each paper provides a solid foundation for describing and analyzing its constructional counterpart in another language. This approach shows that the semantic description (including discourse-pragmatic and functional factors) of an English construction can be regarded as a first step towards a "tertium comparationis" that can be employed for comparing and contrasting the formal properties of constructional counterparts in other languages. Thus, the meaning pole of constructions should be regarded as the primary basis for comparisons of constructions across languages - the form pole is only secondary. This volume shows that constructions are viable descriptive and analytical tools for cross-linguistic comparisons that make it possible to capture both language-specific (idiosyncratic) properties as well as cross-linguistic generalizations.

Linguistic Field(s): Syntax

Subject Language(s): English (eng)

Written In: English (eng)

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