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Constructicography meets (second) language education: On constructions in teaching aids and the usefulness of a Swedish constructicon.

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Authors Lisa Loenheim
Benjamin Lyngfelt
Joel Olofsson
Julia Prentice
Sofia Tingsell
Published in Applied Construction Grammar / edited by De Knop, Sabine / Gilquin, Gaëtanelle
Pages 327-356
ISBN 978-3-11-045421-5
Publisher De Gruyter Mouton
Place of publication Berlin
Publication year 2016
Published at Department of Swedish
Pages 327-356
Language en
Keywords language pedagogy, second language learning, constructicon, constructicography, construction grammar, Swedish
Subject categories Linguistics, Specific Languages, Swedish language


This chapter addresses the need for better coverage of semi-general linguistic patterns in (second) language pedagogy, which is currently biased towards general rules on the one hand and concrete expressions on the other. Arguably, this reflects the descriptive resources available: grammars and dictionaries.Hence, we propose that L2 education should benefit from a constructionist approach, which is less restricted to distinct linguistic levels and therefore better suited to handle, in particular, patterns combining lexical and grammatical properties. We review some of the leading Swedish L2 textbooks and study aid materials, and illustrate how they tend to neglect semi-general patterns and fail to capture the productivity and variability of constructions. For future L2 education to achieve better coverage in this regard, access to constructionist descriptive resources should be helpful. As an example of such a resource, we present the Swedish constructicon (SweCcn), an electronic database of Swedish construction descriptions, and discuss its usefulness for developing construction-based teaching materials, as a complement to the grammar and dictionary approach.

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