Argument-structure and implicational constructions in a knowledge base

  1. Alba Luzondo Oyón 1
  2. Francisco José Ruiz de Mendoza Ibáñez 2
  1. 1 Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia

    Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia

    Madrid, España

    GRID grid.10702.34

  2. 2 Universidad de La Rioja

    Universidad de La Rioja

    Logroño, España

    GRID grid.119021.a

Onomázein: Revista de lingüística, filología y traducción de la Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

ISSN: 0717-1285

Year of publication: 2017

Issue: 35

Pages: 25-48

Type: Article

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  • Year 2017
  • Journal Impact Factor: 0.136
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This paper provides formalized, machine-tractable representations of two broad kinds of constructional configuration, argument-structure and implicational constructions, on the basis of previous linguistic analyses. It discusses computational implementation requirements on constructional description. In this respect, the paper argues that the Goldbergian approach (cf. Goldberg, 2006) provides the best fit for the implementation of implicational constructions, while a “mini-constructionist” account (cf. Boas, 2014) is suitable for argumentstructure constructions. Because of their representativeness, we have chosen to illustrate our discussion by making reference to the family of English resultatives, which are argumentstructure constructions, and to the family of Wh-attitudinal constructions, which are implicational. Computational implementation demands that the members of the family of the resultative be split into mini-constructions, while the complexity of implicational configurations requires that different formal variants be grouped together under one single computational representation. The paper further makes explicit proposals for the machine tractability of lexical-constructional integration and of meaning implications that have reached constructional status through entrenchment, two problems that remain unsolved within standard computational approaches to language processing