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Title: The semantics-pragmatics interplay in a partonomic construction: Construals, lexical relations, pragmatic points and ‘the construction itself’
Author: Kim Ebensgaard Jensen
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Homepage: http://personprofil.aau.dk/118255?lang=en
Institution: Aalborg University
Linguistic Field: Cognitive Science; Pragmatics; Semantics; Syntax; Text/Corpus Linguistics
Subject Language: English
Abstract: The present article presents a corpus-illustrated description of the English expression [the X itself] which treats the expression as a grammatical construction, as defined in usage-based construction grammar (an entrenched semiotic routine in a speech community). Investigating the construction's semantic content, we find that it serves to set up a partonomy and construes one of the items therein as a core part, and that it, as an extension of its semantic meaning also has the discourse-pragmatic function of distributing discursive salience. The discussion in the present paper documents the initial steps in the building of a hypothesis regarding the nature of the [the X itself]–construction one which can be tested and refined in future corpus-based empirical usage-based linguistic research.
Type: Individual Paper
Status: Completed
Publication Info: RASK, 41, pp. 1-36


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