Constructional creativity in a Romance language: Valency coercion in Italian

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The present contribution summarizes findings on the understudied area of Italian valency coercion – i. e. the interaction of verbs and argument structure constructions in novel and creative ways – from four different studies. It highlights their innovative character, theoretical significance, and crosslinguistic implications for Construction Grammar. The paper suggests that valency coercion resolution involve different phenomena, such as distributional properties of constructions and compatibility between verb and construction. Sociolinguistic factors such as age and diatopic variables are also suggested to be relevant.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17-29
Number of pages13
JournalBelgian Journal of Linguistics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 28 May 2021

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  • Coercion
  • Construction grammar
  • Experimental linguistics
  • Italian


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