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Form and function in usage-based construction grammar: A semantic/pragmatic analysis of clause-internal irrelevance marking in German.

German W-immer/auch-connectives occur in universal concessive conditionals, nonspecific free relatives, and elliptical constructions. By analyzing both formal and semantic/pragmatic differences between these constructions, I will demonstrate that a more precise characterization of a constructionU+2019s function is required in order to distinguish formally similar constructions in the constructional network and explain subtle differences between them.

Date:1 Oct 2019 →  31 Oct 2020
Keywords:form-function relations, construction grammar, free-choice semantics, semantics-pragmatics interface, concessive conditionals, collostructional analysis, quantificational particles, free relatives, corpus study, clause combining