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Too female to be ruthless and too pregnant to argue: Semantic conflict and resolution in the [too ADJ to V]-construction

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Taking usage-based construction grammar as its theoretical framework, this paper addresses the interplay between construal operations and semantic conflict resolution in anomalous instances of the relatively unexplored English [too ADJ to V]-construction. Drawing on a questionnaire analysis in which native-speaker respondents offer their readings of anomalous instances of the construction, the paper discusses strategies of semantic construction-lexeme conflict resolution with a view to inferring construal operations involved therein.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftSuvremena Lingvistika
Vol/bind40
Udgave nummer77
Sider (fra-til)1-26
ISSN0586-0296
StatusUdgivet - 15 jun. 2014

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