Expressions of futurity in contemporary English: a Construction Grammar perspective

Autor(en): Bergs, Alexander 
Stichwörter: Language & Linguistics; Linguistics
Erscheinungsdatum: 2010
Herausgeber: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS
Journal: ENGLISH LANGUAGE & LINGUISTICS
Volumen: 14
Ausgabe: 2, SI
Startseite: 217
Seitenende: 238
Zusammenfassung: 
This article describes and analyses five different ways of expressing futurity in English (shall/will, be going to, be to, the simple present and the present progressive) in a Construction Grammar framework. It suggests that the different expressions can be captured as an onomasiologically motivated family of constructions in which the single constructions are differentiated by complex co- and contextual configurations. The latter can be elegantly captured in a Construction Grammar framework since constructions by definition can include pragmatic features. Also, this article claims that constructions may be equipped with an additional `context slot', in which co- and contextual information can be stored. In a final section, this article turns to the issue of tense as a grammatical phenomenon and its genesis in grammaticalisation processes. It is suggested that a Construction Grammar account can make the age-old debate about a future tense in English redundant. Instead, it complements studies in grammaticalisation and opens up some interesting perspectives on parallel developments in the onto- and phylogenesis of constructions.
Beschreibung: 
Seminar on What Future for the Future Tense in English, Univ London, Inst English Studies, London, ENGLAND, AUG 29-SEP 02, 2006
ISSN: 13606743
DOI: 10.1017/S1360674310000067

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