This volume gives an easily accessible, yet comprehensive, sophisticated, and example-rich introduction to Construction Grammar as it has been developed from the early 1980's by Charles J. Fillmore and his associates. It also provides a succinct account of the historical and intellectual background of the model and shows how Construction Grammar can easily be applied to typologically very different languages and to a variety of language-specific phenomena. All of the contributors to the volume came out of the Fillmorean school at UC-Berkeley and have worked consistently on applying and further developing the model in various domains of linguistic analysis. The 'Thumbnail sketch' by Fried & Ostman is the only extensive introduction published so far to Fillmorean Construction Grammar.
1. Historical and intellectual background of Construction Grammar (by Ostman, Jan-Ola); 2. Construction Grammar: A thumbnail sketch (by Fried, Mirjam); 3. Predicate semantics and event construal in Czech case marking (by Fried, Mirjam); 4. Lexically (un)filled constructional schemes and construction types: The case of Japanese modal conditional constructions (by Fujii, Seiko); 5. On the interaction of information structure and formal structure in constructions: The case of French right-detached comme-N (by Lambrecht, Knud); 6. Index