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Research project

Construction Grammars in Germanic and Romance languages.


De Knop Sabine, Mollica Fabio, Kuhn Julia.


The concept of "Construction Grammar" (CxG) refers to several grammatical theories in which "constructions" constitute the basic units. "Construction Grammar" had its origin in the anglo-saxon linguistic tradition, among others with publications by Charles Fillmore (1995 and 2006) and Michael Tomasello (2003). For German we can quote the works by Fischer and Stefanowitsch (2006) and Stefanowitsch and Fischer (2008). Each construction - from the word to the sentence - is considered as an autonomous symbolic unit characterized by own rules at the formal and content levels.

Specific topics:

- Causal constructions with an adjective: typological and pedagogical approach

- Causal constructions between Construction Grammar and Phraseology

- The family of German constructions with a dative

- The large family of constructions, the constructicon



Linguistics of constructions / Construction grammar / Germanic languages / Romance languages / constructicon / applications.


Prof. Julia Kuhn, Romanistik Seminar, Universität Jena
Dr. Fabio Mollica, Department of Germanic languages, University of Milano
Prof. Brigitte Handwerker, Germanistikabteilung der Humboldt Universität in Berlin
Prof. Paul Sambre, Universiteit Antwerpen, Romaanse filologie
Prof. Dominique Willems, Universiteit Gent, Romaanse filologie
Prof. Alexander Ziem, Heinrich-Heine Universität Düsseldorf, Germanistikseminar
Dr. Gaëtanelle Gilquin, Université catholique de Louvain, Département de linguistique anglaise.