Bridging Constructions

Guerin, Valerie (2019) Bridging Constructions. Studies in Diversity Linguistics, 24 . Language Science Press, Berlin, Germany.

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This volume is partly the result of a two-day workshop entitled Bridging Linkage in Cross-linguistic Perspective organized at the Cairns Institute (James Cook University, Australia), on 25–26 February 2015 by Valérie Guérin and Simon Overall. Our intent at the time was two-fold: (i) to gather data from a variety of languages that would enable us to draw cross-linguistic generalisations about the formal and functional characteristics of bridging constructions, and (ii) to try and delimit the range of constructions that can be subsumed under the term bridging construction. In particular, we found it important to try and separate out bridging constructions from repetition. We aimed to cast our net as widely as possible in order to get a broad picture of bridging constructions and their instantiation across languages. For the workshop, we selected nine genetically unrelated languages: four languages spoken in South America; four languages of Oceania (Australia, Papua New Guinea, and Vanuatu); and Greek. Some of the presentations are reproduced in this volume in their most recent versions. Other chapters were invited by the volume’s editor.

In preparation for the workshop (and subsequently, for this volume), we circulated among the authors (i) a list of core features defining bridging constructions extracted from the literature, reproduced below; (ii) a series of questions to address, if relevant, when describing bridging constructions. They are reproduced in the Appendix of Chapter 1; (iii) and an earlier version of Chapter 1, the introductory chapter. We asked that each author use these notions as a starting point to isolate typical and atypical instances of bridging constructions in their language of study.

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Item Type: Book (Edited)
ISBN: 978-3-96110-142-9
Keywords: bridging constructions,formal and functional characteristics,reference clause, bridging clause, Recapitulative linkage, Summary linkage, Mixed linkage
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