This construction is too hot to handle: A corpus study of an adjectival construction

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This paper presents a synchronic study of an adjectival construction. More specifically, it discusses the [too ADJ to V]-construction (e.g. Tommy was too full to walk), which expresses a causal relation in which the ADJ-element, drawing on the adjectival property of scalarity, specifies a degree of ADJ-ness that prevents the proposition expressed by the V-element from happening. Drawing on data from the Corpus of Contemporary American English (COCA) and descriptive techniques from corpus linguistics, the paper, investigating the role of the ADJ-element and relations it enters into, seeks to provide an overview of the symbolic and usage-based features of the construction. The study suggests that there are subconstructions at play in addition to the central prevention-expressing one. There are even cases, where [too ADJ to V] expresses a relation of enablement rather than prevention between the ADJ- and the V-elements, which suggests another subconstructional division.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TitelProceedings of the 14th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Cognitive Linguistics Association
RedaktørerJapanese Cognitive Linguistics Association
Udgivelses stedKyoto
ForlagJapanese Cognitive Linguistics Association
Publikationsdatosep. 2014
Sider740-748
StatusUdgivet - sep. 2014

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