Development and representation of Italian light-fare constructions

Quochi, Valeria (2016) Development and representation of Italian light-fare constructions. In: Corpus-based Approaches to Construction Grammar. Constructional approaches to language (19). John Benjamins Publishing Company, Amsterdam ; Philadelphia, pp. 39-64. ISBN 9789027204417

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The essay describes the study of the development and use of light fare 'do' constructions in Child-directed Speech and in Child Language with the twofold goal of showing that a Construction Grammar approach is viable, and of providing support to usage-based, functional predictions on language acquisition. The analysis of naturalistic data derived from the CHILDES database lead to two main findings: first, a representation of fare Light Verb Constructions as a family of constructions organized like a radial category is not only possible but more explicative, second, there exists a 'fare' pivot schema that children generalize at an early stage because it serves the purpose of naming new events, activities or situations.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Corpus linguistics; Language Acquisition; Italian language; Construction Grammar
Subjects: 100 Filosofia e Psicologia > 150 Psicologia > 153 Processi mentali consci e intelligenza (Classificare qui la conoscenza, le Scienze cognitive, la Psicologia cognitiva, i processi intellettuali, le opere d'insieme sulle emozioni e la conoscenza)
400 Linguaggio > 410 Linguistica
400 Linguaggio > 450 Italiano, romeno e lingue affini
Depositing User: Dr. Valeria Quochi
Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2017 13:31
Last Modified: 23 Jan 2017 13:31

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