By Gaëtanelle Gilquin
English causative buildings with reason, get, have and make are frequently mistakenly provided as (quasi-)synonymous and kind of interchangeable. This e-book demonstrates the price of corpus linguistics in deciding on the syntactic, semantic, lexical and stylistic beneficial properties which are particular for every of those structures. It additionally underlines the usefulness of delivering corpus experiences with an outstanding theoretical origin via exhibiting how corpus linguistics could be fruitfully mixed with cognitive linguistics, that is used either as a kick off point for the research (top-down method) and as a framework in which to interpret the corpus effects (bottom-up approach). From a methodological viewpoint, the research illustrates the complementarity of corpus and elicitation facts, and gives instruments and strategies that may be used to enquire different syntactic constructions. eventually, the publication additionally has a pedagogical size in that it examines how the examine findings might be utilized to overseas language educating.
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Additional info for Corpus, Cognition and Causative Constructions (Studies in Corpus Linguistics)
This mutual enrichment can be summarised by Schönefeld’s (1999: 153) statement that the cognitive assumptions represent a valuable complement to the facts revealed by the analyses of massive amounts of language data in that they go beyond the stage of “merely” stating facts. From the opposite perspective, the facts drawn from data analyses provide additional evidence underpinning the hypotheses at which cognitive linguists have arrived. The model resulting from the combination of corpus linguistics and cognitive linguistics (which one could call “cognitive corpus linguistics”, see Grondelaers et al.
It is the same fuzziness that corpus linguistics has revealed. Mair (1994: 128) rightly points out that “if there is one lesson to be learnt from studying and analysing corpus examples it is the ‘basic non-discreteness of categories’”. Čermák (2002: 273), too, evokes the hazy edges and scalar nature of corpus data and the end of “black-andwhite truths and clear-cut classification boxes”. One important illustration of this is the discovery, in corpus linguistics, that lexicon and grammar interact at every step and are ultimately inseparable (Francis 1993).
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. The quantitative analysis will be based on the constructions extracted from a ten-million-word subset of the British National Corpus, which amounts to some 3,500 instances. g. ICE-GB, the British component of the International Corpus of English) will occasionally be given. The presence of corpus linguistics will also be visible in the methods used to analyse the data.
Corpus, Cognition and Causative Constructions (Studies in Corpus Linguistics) by Gaëtanelle Gilquin