Chapter published in:Changing Structures: Studies in constructions and complementation
Edited by Mark Kaunisto, Mikko Höglund and Paul Rickman
[Studies in Language Companion Series 195] 2018
► pp. 15–30
Talk into vs convince to
Talking as a cause leading to containment, convincing as a cause leading to a result
This paper explores the causative constructions ‘talk NP into + ‑ing’ vs ‘convince NP to + infinitive’ by means of a collection of attested occurrences. It shows the connection between the characteristics described by Wierzbicka (1998), Gries & Stefanowitsch (2004) and Rudanko (2006) and the linguistically-signified semantic content involved in these structures. Wierzbicka’s account and the related Construction Grammar approach are shown to be wanting on both the descriptive and explanatory levels due to a distancing from the level on which a stable relation exists between meaning and linguistic form. An explanation of the distribution and semantics of the two constructions is proposed based on Langacker’s (1987) semiological principle, i.e. on the semantic content associated with each of the linguistic signs involved in these sequences.
Keywords: causatives, container metaphors, path metaphors, Construction Grammar, Natural Semantic Metalanguage, embodiment
Published online: 22 May 2018
Comrie, Bernard & Polinsky, Maria
De Smet, Hendrik
Duffley, Patrick J.
Goldberg, Adele E.
Gries, Stefan T. & Stefanowitsch, Anatol
Hollmann, Willem B.
Hunston, Susan & Francis, Gill
Kim, Jong Bok & Davies, Mark A.
Lakoff, George & Turner, Mark
Langacker, Ronald W.
2015 Wheedled me into lending him my best hunter: comparing the emergence of the transitive into -ing pattern in British and American English. In Perspectives on Complementation: Structure, Variation and Boundaries, Mikko Höglund, Paul Rickman, Juhani Rudanko & Jukka Havu (eds), 128–140. Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan.
Song, Jae Jung
Verhagen, Arie & Kemmer, Suzanne
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