Title
This is to count as a construction This is to count as a construction
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Arts. Linguistics and Literature
Publication type
article
Publication
The Hague ,
Subject
Linguistics
Source (journal)
Folia linguistica / Linguistic Society of Europe. - The Hague
Volume/pages
46(2012) :1 , p. 109-132
ISSN
0165-4004
ISI
000305095900004
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
This article investigates the syntactic, semantic, and pragmatic properties of utterances such as This is to count as a construction. It is argued that a construction is required to capture certain semi-idiosyncratic aspects of the pattern. We call this construction the is-to construction. At the same time, its properties are motivated by relating the construction to other well-known constructions via a default inheritance hierarchy. The article also discusses a nonproductive "object-related" construction and suggests a diachronic relationship between the two. The proposal is contrasted with word-based, semantic, and purely syntactic accounts.
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