Grammatical construction

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In linguistics, a grammatical construction is any syntactic string of words ranging from sentences over phrasal structures to certain complex lexemes, such as phrasal verbs.

Grammatical constructions form the primary unit of study in construction grammar theories. In construction grammar, cognitive grammar, and cognitive linguistics, a grammatical construction is a syntactic template that is paired with conventionalized semantic and pragmatic content. In these disciplines, constructions are given a more semiotic character[vague].

In generative frameworks, constructions are generally argued to be void of content and derived by the general syntactic rules of the language in question.

See also[edit]


  • Ronald W. Langacker, Foundations of Cognitive Grammar Volume I, Stanford University Press, Stanford, California, 1987. ISBN 0-8047-3852-1
  • Adele E. Goldberg, Constructions: A Construction Grammar Approach to Argument Structure, The University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 1995. ISBN 0-226-30086-2