Grammatical constructions form the primary unit of study in construction grammar theories. In construction grammar, cognitive grammar, and cognitive linguistics, a grammatical construction is a syntactic template that is paired with conventionalized semantic and pragmatic content. In these disciplines, constructions are given a more semiotic character[vague].
In generative frameworks, constructions are generally argued to be void of content and derived by the general syntactic rules of the language in question.
- Ronald W. Langacker, Foundations of Cognitive Grammar Volume I, Stanford University Press, Stanford, California, 1987. ISBN 0-8047-3852-1
- Adele E. Goldberg, Constructions: A Construction Grammar Approach to Argument Structure, The University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 1995. ISBN 0-226-30086-2
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