Getting at the meaning of the English at-construction: the case of a constructional split

Perek, Florent and Lemmens, Maarten. (2010) Getting at the meaning of the English at-construction: the case of a constructional split. CogniTextes, 5. p. 2.

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On the basis of a corpus-based study of the at -frame in English, this article evaluates Goldberg’s (2006) hypothesis that constructional meaning originates with the meaning of the verbs frequently occurring in a given syntactic pattern. Our study reveals that for the at -construction, this hypothesis does not hold: the constructional meaning is poorly reflected by the distribution of the verbs, and is only arrived at by attending to specific aspects of the semantics of the verbs occurring in it. This suggests that a more complex learning strategy than the simple import of lexical semantics into constructions is needed, especially to account for the emergence of constructions whose meaning is not lexicalized by any verb in the language.
Faculties and Departments:04 Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Departement Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaften > Fachbereich Englische Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft > Kognitive Linguistik und Spracherwerbsforschung (Behrens, engl. Sprachw.)
UniBasel Contributors:Pérek, Florent
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
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