A Tale of Constructions Turkish

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Tan Arda Gedik


Over the past fifty years, linguistics has seen various approaches to grammar. Starting with Noam Chomsky (1957, 2014), linguists assumed that grammar was generated based on a set of rules, universally and innately integrated in humans’ minds. For years, this framework has been the main approach for many linguists to apply to languages, including Turkish. Nowadays, with Adele Goldberg (1995, 2006, 2019), Construction Grammar (CXG) is introduced to the linguistic landscape of syntax. Both approaches intersect at trying to “capture the creative nature of languages” (Goldberg, 2019). Being a relatively new framework, most work has been done in the English language. Turkish, on the other hand, has not been studied within the CXG framework to the researcher’s knowledge. Therefore, this paper is a short illustration of how Turkish linguists can utilize CXG by introducing and exemplifying the intensifier construction (IntCx) and the unevidential construction (UneCx).


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Gedik, T. (2021). A Tale of Constructions. Journal of English Language and Literature Club, 4(1), 15-19. Retrieved from https://dergi.ingilizedebiyati.net/cuidek/article/view/306


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