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Construction Grammar

1. Constructions, or Fillmore’s Dangerous Idea

Construction grammar offers a way to study language in revolutionary ways. In this introductory video, I present the father of construction grammar, Charles J. Fillmore, and his dangerous idea: constructions.

The references used in the presentation that are not mentioned in the slides are:

  • Chomsky, Noam (1981). Lectures on Government and Binding: The Pisa Lectures. Dordrecht: Foris.
  • Goldberg, Adele E. (2006). Constructions at Work. The Nature of Generalization in Language. Oxford: Oxford University Press.


2. Beyond the Saussurean Sign

This video explains how the definition of a construction may shift depending on what kind of linguistics you’re engaging in; and how constructions go beyond the Saussurean Sign.


3- The Fillmore Criteria

The construction grammar community is quite diverse, which makes it hard for newcomers to enter the field. This video introduces four basic criteria that we will use in future videos to determine how closely an analysis follows the original tenets of Construction Grammar, or how much constructional thinking has evolved.


4. Innovating One’s Way Out of Lexicalism

This video introduces the most influential work in construction grammar: argument structure constructions. It briefly discusses how constructional approaches differ from mainstream lexicalist approaches. Next video, we will discuss these issues in more detailed ways.