A Construction Grammar Approach to the Phrase
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of English2009 (English)
Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
This essay adopts a construction grammar approach to the linguistic pattern why don’t you. It argues that the pattern can have two different senses: an interrogative sense and a suggestive sense. Further it argues that the suggestive sense is a construction similar to the definition of a construction described by construction grammar theory.
In other words, the linguistic pattern why don’t you can have a specific underlying semantics that cannot be reached by an examination of its formal pattern.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2009. , 32 p.
Construct, Construction, Construction Grammar, Idiom, Interpretation, Linguistic Pattern, Marker, Underlying Semantics
General Language Studies and Linguistics
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-8691OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-8691DiVA: diva2:175208
McMillion, Alan, Associate Professor
Johannesson, Nils-Lennart, Professor