Colorado Research in Linguistics

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The construction as far as NP is concerned has two functions in English: as a marker of contrastive topic and as an evidential. Due to its homophonous nature, this construction illustrates how meaning is not always a function of semantic compositionality. Thus, it is problematic for syntactic theories that have only compositional means to account for semantic and syntactic relationships. However, a constructional approach, viz. Construction Grammar, is useful for analyzing ambiguous constructions because it makes use of conventions which distinguish pragmatic functions and allows meaning to be attached to syntactic forms.



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