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ERIC Number: EJ857949
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Nov
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0388-0001
Constraints on Subsumption in the Caused-Motion Construction
Cervel, M. Sandra Pena
Language Sciences, v31 n6 p740-765 Nov 2009
This paper revisits the caused-motion construction from the point of view of the Lexical Constructional Model (LCM). Three main issues are addressed. First, one of Goldberg's semantic constraints on the use of the construction, i.e. the idea that no cognitive decision can mediate between the causing event and the entailed motion, is broadened to make it cover instantiations of the construction with predicates like "persuade," "convince," "encourage," and "instruct" when motion is figurative. Some examples are provided that meet the requirements of the caused-motion construction even though their existence qualifies as marginal. Goldberg's hypothesis is confirmed but refined in some respects. Second, within the framework of the LCM we specify some external and internal constraining factors which either license or block the process of fusion of lexical templates into constructional templates. Finally, a cognitive continuum between the caused-motion and the resultative configurations is postulated and some of our examples are shown to fall midway between the canonical cases of the caused-motion construction and the prototypical instantiations of the resultative pattern. (Contains 9 figures and 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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