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'Wonder' Nouns and the Development of a Mirative Constructional Network: An Exercise in Semiotic Diachronic Construction Grammar KU Leuven
A semiotic approach to grammaticalization: modelling representational and interpersonal modality expressed by verbonominal patterns KU Leuven
This paper develops a framework capable of analysing modal qualifications coded by both canonical modal markers and grammaticalized expressions within a semiotic grammar approach (McGregor 1997). We focus on grammatical constructions that developed from complement constructions containing the shell nouns need, way, chance, doubt, question and wonder, often preceded by a negative quantifier. We range the different types of modal qualification in ...
Perspective persistence and irregular perspective shift: mismatches in form-function pairings KU Leuven
Present-day English constructions with chance(s) in Talmy’s greater modal system and beyond KU Leuven
Based on qualitative and quantitative corpus research, this chapter argues that constructions with chance(s) in Present-day English enrich Talmy’s (1988) greater modal system in various ways. Firstly, in their modal uses they are equivalent to core modal auxiliaries and encode especially dynamic and epistemic meanings. We maintain that the partial decategorialization of chance allows for more fine-grained expression of modal meanings by bringing ...
Revisiting ‘it-extraposition’: The historical development of constructions with matrices (it)/(there) be + NP followed by a complement clause KU Leuven
Irregular Perspective Shifts and Perspective Persistence, Discourse-oriented and Theoretical Approaches KU Leuven
© John Benjamins Publishing Company. In this introduction, we set out the central themes of the special issue. It concentrates on imperfect function-form mappings, and discusses several cases in which specific perspectival meanings are not fully predictable on the basis of a perspectivizing grammatical construction alone. We distinguish two kinds of form-function mismatches: (1) perspective-persistent phenomena, i.e. grammatically signaled ...