This book investigates argument structure in english from a usage based perspective taking the view that the cognitive representation of grammar is shaped by language use and that crucial aspects of grammatical organization are tied to the frequency with which words and syntactic constructions are used. In the grammar of verbs pairs of con structions corresponding to different realizations of a common set of arguments have also been characterized as syntactic alternations eg the dative alternation 12 argument structure in usage based construction grammar pairing the double object variant john gave a book to mary with the to dative . Argument structure in usage based construction grammar experimental and corpus based perspectives by florent perek constructional approaches to language issn 1573 594x the series brings together research conducted within different constructional models and makes them available to scholars and students working in this and other related fields. 4 argument structure in usage based construction grammarese sentences share the notion that the agent performs some gesture namely a forward motion of the foot but they dier in many other respects in 7a the horse acts alone in 7b and 7c pats action is targeted at a specic object and in 7d it causes bob to receive the ball
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