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Towards interlingual constructicography. On correspondence between constructicon resources for English and Swedish

Journal article
Authors Linnéa Bäckström
Benjamin Lyngfelt
Emma Sköldberg
Published in Constructions and Frames
Volume 6
Issue 1
Pages 9-33
ISSN 1876-1933
Publication year 2014
Published at Department of Swedish
Pages 9-33
Language en
Links dx.doi.org/10.1075/cf.6.1.02bak
Keywords constructicon, construction, constructicography, English, Swedish, equivalence, correspondence, FrameNet, construction grammar, lexicography
Subject categories Specific Languages

Abstract

This article addresses the possibility of linking constructicon resources for different languages, in particular English and Swedish. The entries in Berkeley's English constructicon have been compared to Swedish, with focus on potential correspondences in a Swedish constructicon. In most cases, approximately corresponding Swedish constructions could be established, although typically with minor differences, often concerning grammatical markers. The closest equivalents are, typically, relatively general grammatical constructions, whereas constructions containing specific lexical elements tend to differ more. In order to link all corresponding constructions between the two resources, a combination of strategies seems to be required. Constructions with a referential meaning may be linked via FrameNet frames, while those with a more abstract grammatical function may be related in terms of their grammatical properties.

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