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Construction Grammar meets Typology: From Theory to Teaching

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Project "Constructions" data sheet

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Organization address
address: NORREGADE 10
postcode: 1165

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 Coordinator Country Denmark [DK]
 Project website
 Total cost 200˙194 €
 EC max contribution 200˙194 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2014
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-09-01   to  2018-08-31


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    KOBENHAVNS UNIVERSITET DK (KOBENHAVN) coordinator 200˙194.00


 Project objective

The world’s languages differ in how they conceptualize events central to the human experience, such as motion and change of state, by means of constructions. This project investigates the expression of these meanings in four major European languages, English, German, Polish and Spanish. The aim is (i) to identify, through a fine-grained study of corpus data, the language-internal factors (semantic, morpho-syntactic, etc.) underlying cross-linguistic variation, including differences that can be observed in languages considered to be typologically related and (ii) to implement the findings in foreign language acquisition by developing a comprehensive pedagogical grammar of constructions. Consistently, this proposal involves three main phases. The first one consists of data collection and description. The second one is dedicated to data interpretation in the light of the theories concerned with verbal constructions and typological variation, namely Construction Grammar (Goldberg 1995) and Talmy’s (2000) typology of macro-events. In particular, it will be claimed that the typology of languages, as proposed by Talmy (2000), is in fact an epiphenomenon of a typology of constructions whose distribution in the world’s languages is constrained, among others, by the availability of grammatical devices, such as verb prefixes, verb particles, prepositions, etc. The third phase proceeds with translating the theoretical results into a user-friendly multi-lingual grammar of constructions, which permits to elucidate certain high-level morpho-syntactic generalizations, invisible in the prevailing verb-centred teaching materials. Therefore, the findings of this investigation would be an innovative contribution both to the theoretical debate on linguistic diversity and to the cross-linguistic communication in a broad sense, which seems to be especially relevant in the modern world characterized by close relationships between languages and cultures.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 Wojciech Lewandowski
Exploring vagueness: Preposition alternation in Spanish
published pages: , ISSN: 0388-0001, DOI:
Language Sciences 2019-05-29
2019 Wojciech Lewandowski
A semantic approach to auxiliary selection with German verbs of motion: An empirical study
published pages: , ISSN: 1695-6885, DOI:
Catalan Journal of Linguistics 2019-05-29
2018 Wojciech Lewandowski and Şeyda Özçalışkan
How event perspective influences speech and co-speech gestures about motion
published pages: , ISSN: 0378-2166, DOI:
Journal of Pragmatics 2019-05-29

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