There is a growing awareness of the significance of constructions in grammar in the world's languages. To date there has not been a single volume that addresses the issues of constructions within a functional Role and Reference Grammar (RRG) account. The book is a collection of articles that will serve the scholarly community as a reference work on the role, place and significance of constructions within this functional model of grammar. As a result, this volume represents the first instance of cross-linguistic comparison of these important discourse and syntax-related phenomena. The articles cover a variety of typologically different languages including German, Irish, Spanish, French, Japanese, Yaqui, Tepehua (Totonacan), Persian, and English, and they offer new data on the role of constructions, within the RRG theory, in these languages. Further, this volume contributes towards providing a comprehensive overview of grammatical constructions which are central to our understanding of how human languages function, in a functional linguistics perspective. This scholarly work is grounded in a functionally oriented model that makes strong claims of descriptive and typological adequacy. The book will represent a valuable step forward in linguistics research as it applies the RRG theoretical framework to the analyses of constructions.
1. Introduction (by Nolan, Brian); 2. Controller-controllee relations in purposive constructions: A construction-based account (by Guerrero, Lilian); 3. Transitivity, constructions, and the projection of argument structure in RRG (by Watters, James K.); 4. Constructions in RRG: A case study of mimetic verbs in Japanese (by Toratani, Kiyoko); 5. A constructional perspective on clefting in Persian: An insight into differentiating between emphatic and deictic in (by Moezzipour, Farhad); 6. Radical Role and Reference Grammar (RRRG): A sketch for remodelling the Syntax-Semantics-Interface (by Kailuweit, Rolf); 7. Constructions as grammatical objects: A case study of the prepositional ditransitive construction in Modern Irish (by Nolan, Brian); 8. Constructions in Role and Reference Grammar: The case of the English resultative (by Jimenez Briones, Rocio); 9. Towards a model of constructional meaning for natural language understanding (by Perinan-Pascual, Carlos); 10. Meaning construction, meaning interpretation and formal expression in the Lexical Constructional Model (by Ruiz de Mendoza Ibanez, Francisco Jose); 11. Constructions in the Lexical Constructional Model (by Butler, Christopher S.); 12. From idioms to sentence structures and beyond: The theoretical scope of the concept "Construction" (by Diedrichsen, Elke); 13. Index