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Introduction: Constructicons and constructicography

Chapter in book
Authors Benjamin Lyngfelt
Published in Constructicography : constructicon development across languages / edited by Benjamin Lyngfelt, Lars Borin, Kyoko Ohara, Tiago Timponi Torrent
Pages 1-18
ISBN 978 90 272 0100 3
ISSN 1573-594X
Publisher John Benjamins
Place of publication Amsterdam
Publication year 2018
Published at Department of Swedish
Pages 1-18
Language en
Keywords constructicon, construction, constructicography, construction grammar, lexicography, FrameNet
Subject categories Specific Languages, Linguistics


A constructicon is on the one hand a theoretical conception of language as a structured inventory of constructions, and on the other hand a collection of construction descriptions, essentially a practical instantiation of the former concept. In this introductory chapter, we review the role of these notions in constructionist theory and practice, and relate it to the closely connected development of Frame Semantics into FrameNet. Practical constructicon development is characterized as a combination of construction grammar and lexicography, for which we introduce the term constructicography. Central issues in constructicography are introduced, setting the stage for the explorations in the following chapters.

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