The semantics-pragmatics interplay in a partonomic construction: Construals, lexical relations, pragmatic points and ‘the construction itself’

Kim Ebensgaard Jensen

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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 X itself– one which can be tested and refined in future corpus-based empirical usage-based linguistic research.

Original languageEnglish
JournalRASK – International journal of language and communication
Volume41
Pages (from-to)3-38
Number of pages36
ISSN0909-8976
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Keywords

  • cognitive linguistics
  • conceptual semantics
  • construction grammar
  • construal operations
  • hypothesis-building
  • pragmatic points
  • construal
  • usage-based language models
  • usage-based model
  • English language
  • English grammar
  • syntax
  • British National Corpus
  • Corpus of Contemporary American English
  • TIME Magazine Corpus
  • corpus linguistics

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