The aim of the present volume is two-fold: to give a coherent account of the locative alternation in English, and to develop a constructional theory that overcomes a number of problems in earlier constructional accounts. The lexical-constructional account proposed here is characterized by two main features. On the one hand, it emphasizes the need for a detailed examination of verb meanings. On the other, it introduces lower-level constructions such as verb-class-specific constructions and verb-specific constructions, and makes full use of these lower-level constructions in accounting for alternation phenomena. Rather than being a completely new version of construction grammar, the proposed lexical-constructional account is an automatic consequence of the basic tenet of constructional approaches as being usage-based.
1. Acknowledgements; 2. Chapter 1. Introduction; 3. Chapter 2. Two previous analyses; 4. Chapter 3. A lexical-constructional account of the locative alternation; 5. Chapter 4. More on the location-as-object variant; 6. Chapter 5. Another look at putative non-alternating cases; 7. Chapter 6. The locative alternation and verb meaning; 8. Chapter 7. Types of verb meaning and types of alternation; 9. Chapter 8. Further issues; 10. Chapter 9. The locative alternation with verbs of removal; 11. Chapter 10. Morphologically complex cases; 12. Chapter 11. The locative alternation in Japanese; 13. Chapter 12. Summary and conclusion; 14. References; 15. Notes; 16. Index of names; 17. Index of subjects; 18. Index of verbs; 19. Index of constructions