The book Constructions in French is the first collected volume to focus on French syntax from a constructionist perspective. It has been written with two kinds of readers in mind: for readers interested in the relationship between the French linguistic tradition and cognitive linguistics, and for readers who would like to examine how constructional analysis can be applied to a variety of French language phenomena. The eleven papers illustrate the insights generated by combining lexicalist and constructionist approaches, focusing on syntax as a dynamic system and using corpus data from a variety of speech genres. The contributions provide new findings about French usage trends (in linguistics and in psycholinguistics), including insights into new, nonstandard and little studied constructions.
1. Cognitive linguistics and the notion of construction in French studies: An overview (by Bouveret, Myriam); 2. Part I. Verbal constructions; 3. Verb typology: Between construction and lexicon (by Willems, Dominique); 4. Is there a SE FAIRE V-er passive construction? (by Raineri, Sophie); 5. Etre une/Faire partie de: Not a piece of cake (by Grea, Philippe); 6. GIVE frames and constructions in French (by Bouveret, Myriam); 7. Part II. Acquisition of verbal constructions; 8. Constructing 'basic' verbal constructions: A longitudinal study of the blossoming of constructions with six frequent verbs (by Morgenstern, Aliyah); 9. L2 acquisition of verbal constructions: Expressing motion in L2 French and English (by Berthaud, Sarah); 10. Part III. Semantics, pragmatics and constructions; 11. The impersonal value of demonstrative and middle constructions (by Achard, Michel); 12. "C'est de la bombe!": Qualitative count-to-mass conversion in French copular subject-predicate constructions (by Desagulier, Guillaume); 13. Le prix est (de) 15 euros: On copular constructions expressing quantification in French (by Lauwers, Peter); 14. From grammaticalization to expressive constructions: The case of histoire de + inf. (by Legallois, Dominique); 15. Index of constructions; 16. Index