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Construction Grammar

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  • Author: Thomas Hoffmann, Catholic University Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, Germany and Hunan Normal University, China
  • Publication planned for: July 2022
  • availability: Not yet published - available from July 2022
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107601123

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  • What do speakers of a language have to know, and what can they 'figure out' on the basis of that knowledge, in order for them to use their language successfully? This is the question at the heart of Construction Grammar, an approach to the study of language that views all dimensions of language as equal contributors to shaping linguistic expressions. The trademark characteristic of Construction Grammar is the insight that language is a repertoire of more or less complex patterns – constructions – that integrate form and meaning. This textbook shows how a Construction Grammar approach can be used to analyse the English language, offering explanations for language acquisition, variation and change. It covers all levels of syntactic description, from word-formation and inflectional morphology to phrasal and clausal phenomena and information-structure constructions. Each chapter includes exercises and further readings, making it an accessible introduction for undergraduate students of linguistics and English language.

    • Presents a cognitive approach that illustrates how the theory can explain syntax as well as word-formation
    • Highlights the relevance of syntactic analysis by including sections on language acquisition, variation and change
    • Offers a step-by-step introduction to formal representation that avoids complex analyses, but is still compatible with computational approaches
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    Product details

    • Publication planned for: July 2022
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107601123
    • length: 350 pages
    • dimensions: 247 x 174 mm
    • availability: Not yet published - available from July 2022
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Usage based construction grammar
    3. Morphological constructions
    4. Word, phrasal and idiom constructions
    5. Complex phrasal and clausal constructions
    6. Constructional variation and change
    7. Constructional approaches and formalisms
    8. Outlook: Emerging research topics in construction grammar
    Solutions to exercises
    Glossary and list of abbreviations
    Index of constructions
    General Index.

  • Author

    Thomas Hoffmann, Catholic University Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, Germany and Hunan Normal University, China
    Thomas Hoffmann is Professor and Chair of English Language and Linguistics at the Catholic University Eichstätt-Ingolstadt as well as Furong Scholar Distinguished Chair Professor of Hunan Normal University. Notable publications include Preposition Placement in English (CUP, 2011), English Comparative Correlatives Interface (CUP, 2019) and The Oxford Handbook of Construction Grammar (co-edited with Trousdale, OUP).

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