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Tipo di prodottoAbstract in atti di convegno
TitoloHow predictive are grammatical constructions in Italian? The case of the caused-motion construction
Anno di pubblicazione2012
FormatoElettronico
Autore/iQuochi, Valeria
Affiliazioni autoriCNR-ILC, Pisa
Autori CNR e affiliazioni
  • VALERIA QUOCHI
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  • inglese
AbstractDifferently from English, Italian has a rich morpho logical system and a relative free word-order. For these reasons, the suitability of a "full-scope" constructional approach to Italian is not given. Although Goldberg's (1995, 2006) version of Construction grammar language is constructions all the way down (or up), one could still argue that in Italian, i.e. a language rich in morphology, abstract, grammatical constructions do not play a role, thus weakening the constructionist view. One of the strong points in favour of goldberg's approach is that argument structure constructions in English have been found to be highly predictive of sentence meaning (Goldberg et al. 2005), which provides a motivationfor their early acquisition by children. Many of such studies and evidences are still missing for Italian. This contribution will therefore attempt to start filling this gap by testing the predictive power of the Italian Caused Motion Construction. Data is taken from the CHILDES database (MacWhinney 2000) and annotated according to constructional properties and verb meaning. The annotation is then used to calculate the Cue and Category Validity (Murphy 2002) of both the Construction and the main verbs, which measures their predictive power (i.e respectively their reliability and availability) in relation to the overall sentence meaning. Results show that the Italian Caused Motion Construction is not only more reliable than verbs as a predictor of overall sentence meaning, but it is also more available.
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Parole chiaveConstruction Grammar; Psicolinguistica; Linguistica del corpus
Link (URL, URI)http://www.sle2012.eu/downloads/Book_abstracts_SLE2012_23aug_final.pdf
Titolo convegno/congresso45th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea (SLE2012)
Luogo convegno/congressoStoccolma, Svezia
Data/e convegno/congresso29/8-1/9 2012
RilevanzaInternazionale
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Note/Altre informazioniID_PUMA: /cnr.ilc/2012-A6-004
Strutture CNR
  • ILC — Istituto di linguistica computazionale "Antonio Zampolli"
Moduli/Attività/Sottoprogetti CNR
  • IC.P02.005.001 : Risorse e Tecnologie Linguistiche: modelli, metodi di sviluppo, applicazioni, disegno di strategie internazionali
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Lingua abstractinglese
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