Corpus, Cognition and Causative Constructions (Studies in by Gaëtanelle Gilquin

By Gaëtanelle Gilquin

English causative buildings with reason, get, have and make are usually mistakenly offered as (quasi-)synonymous and roughly interchangeable. This publication demonstrates the price of corpus linguistics in opting for the syntactic, semantic, lexical and stylistic positive factors which are unique for every of those structures. It additionally underlines the usefulness of supplying corpus experiences with a high-quality theoretical beginning by way of exhibiting how corpus linguistics should be fruitfully mixed with cognitive linguistics, that is used either as a kick off point for the research (top-down technique) and as a framework in which to interpret the corpus effects (bottom-up approach). From a methodological standpoint, the research illustrates the complementarity of corpus and elicitation information, and gives instruments and techniques that may be used to enquire different syntactic constructions. eventually, the e-book additionally has a pedagogical size in that it examines how the examine findings will be utilized to international language educating.

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As a methodology, however, corpus linguistics tends to be unsatisfactory when used on its own. It often limits itself to a quantitative analysis and a descriptive perspective, and fails to reach a degree of generalisation high enough to add an explanatory dimension. This drawback may be overcome by combining corpus linguistics with a solid theoretical framework. The framework that has been chosen for this study of periphrastic causative constructions is cognitive linguistics. Not only is it compatible with corpus linguistics, but it is in fact complementary, resulting in mutual enrichment between the two approaches.

The next section briefly shows how cognitive linguistics and corpus linguistics will be combined here to tackle this particular topic and outlines some of the reasons why such a combination is expected to provide good results. 6 The case of English periphrastic causative constructions The framework within which the present discussion will take place is a combination of cognitive principles and corpus evidence. The influence of the cognitive paradigm will be noticeable from the very start, in the selection of the topic of investigation.

They will serve both as a starting point for the analysis of the data (Chapters 4 to 6) and as an explanation for the results of the corpus study (Chapters 7 to 9). Among these concepts are “action chain”, “imagery”, “scenario” and “psychodynamics”. The main contribution of corpus linguistics will be the emphasis on authenticity of usage. All the claims about the features displayed by periphrastic causative constructions will rely on the careful observation and systematic analysis of large amounts of corpus data.

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