The Oxford Handbook of Construction Grammar

  title={The Oxford Handbook of Construction Grammar},
  author={Thomas Hoffmann and Graeme Trousdale},
The last decade has seen a rise in popularity in construction-based approaches to grammar. The various approaches within the rubric 'construction grammar' all see language as a network of constructions-pairings of form and meaning. Construction Grammar, as a kind of cognitive linguistics, differs significantly from mainstream generative grammar as espoused by Chomsky and his followers. Advocates of Construction Grammar see it as a psychologically plausible theory of human language. As such, it… 

Constructing a protolanguage: reconstructing prehistoric languages in a usage-based construction grammar framework

The possibilities of using constructions as the main unit of analysis both in reconstructing predecessors of existing languages (protolanguages) and in formulating theories of how a potential predecessor of human language in general must have looked like are discussed.

Comparisons and its variations in La plaça del Diamant from a Construction Grammar approach: between usage and creativity

Construction Grammar has brought about a significant change in the understanding of the phenomenon of idiomaticity by means of one of the major tenets of constructionist approaches, the notion of

Construction Grammar and Frame Semantics

  • H. Boas
  • Linguistics
    The Routledge Handbook of Cognitive Linguistics
  • 2021
This chapter provides an overview of Construction Grammar (CxG), a theory of language that was developed as an alternative approach to generative transformational grammar at the University of

For a new semiotics in Construction Grammar: A statistical analysis of the relationship between transitive syntax and semantics

This work proposes a statistical methodology to capture the correlation between syntax and Hopper and Thompson's (1980) parameters of transitivity, and conceive the Transitive Construction as a superordinate rule that acts upon the formal organization of a language, establishing clausal patterns both synchronically and diachronically.

Construction Grammar and the corpus-based analysis of discourses

Construction grammar (CxG) initially arose as a usage-based alternative to nativist theoretical accounts of language, and remains to this day strongly associated with cognitive linguistic theory and

The Role of Second Order Schemas in the Construction of Complex Words

The article addresses a related problem, i.e. the fact that the meaning of a complex word may derive from that of another linguistic construct that is not a building block of that complex word, by claiming that this type of violation of Fregean compositionality can be accounted for by means of “second order schemas”.

The Complexity of Epic Diction

  • A. Kahane
  • Linguistics
    Yearbook of Ancient Greek Epic Online
  • 2018
This article offers a revised interpretation of the relationship between form and meaning in Greek epic hexameter diction, binding our understanding of traditional language and idiolects as well as

Introducing Sign-Based Construction Grammar

1 Background Modern grammatical research,1 at least in the realms of morphosyntax, includes a number of largely nonoverlapping communities that have surprisingly little to do with one another. One –

English Constructions

ness and syntagmatic complexity organized on a continuum. 5. English Constructions and their Applications Over the past two decades, CxG has evolved into an influential paradigm in linguistic

A Construction Grammar Perspective on Negation in Hebrew

Abstract:The purpose of this article is to test the hypothesis that the Hebrew pattern (WH word+that+not) qualifies as a construction based on the assumptions of Construction Grammar. Pragmatic