Congreso, coloquio o simposioInfoling 9.42 (2020)

Título:Sección monográfica del XXXVII Romanistentag: "Construction Grammar Unlimited. From grammar to discourse genres and back"
Entidad organizadora:University of Augsburg
Lugar de celebración:Augsburg, Alemania
Fecha de inicio:4 de octubre de 2021
Fecha de finalización:7 de octubre de 2021
Circular Nº:1
Contacto:Anja Hennemann and Felix Tacke,

In recent years, the theoretical paradigm of Construction Grammar (CxG) has become increasingly popular in Romance linguistics (cf., for instance, the following volumes in preparation: Döhla/Hennemann, Gévaudan/Hennemann, Hennecke/Wiesinger). This is hardly surprising, since the genuinely functionalist approach that all CxG models pursue is highly compatible with the European theory formation of both the 19th century, which was interested in the history of language, and the structuralism of the 20th century (cf. Tacke 2020; Tacke in print). By extending Saussure’s concept of sign, CxG offers a theoretically convincing instrument and a cognitively plausible approach to describing linguistic units, which can range from morphemes and words to syntactical patterns and even beyond. While the focus was initially on marginal phenomena such as phraseologisms (e.g., let alone in Fillmore/Kay/O’Connor 1988), and then primarily on grammar in the narrower sense, a growing interest in the description and theoretical recognition of linguistic patterns that potentially reach far beyond the sentence level has recently been observed. Thus Croft (2001: ch. 9) integrates the analysis of complex figure-ground-sentence schemes in the sense of conventionalized construction patterns with definable form and function properties, while Östman (2005) – based on Fillmore’s concept of frame (1982) applied to the interpretation of texts – pleads for extending the (construction grammatical) concept of grammar to “discourse patterns” or “discourse-level constructions”. According to Östman (2005: 121), these are “conventionalizations of specific linguistic properties, which places them on an equal footing with the conventionalized patterns known as ‘grammar’”. Langacker’s influential Cognitive Grammar also joins the ranks here, inasmuch as the chapter “Frontiers” of his 2008 synthesis offers an outlook on the analysis of the “numerous kinds of genres of discourse, both spoken and written” (2008: 477), which can be as entrenched as expressions of lower levels of organization. Further studies in this direction have been added in recent years (see, among others, Bücker/Günthner/Imo, eds., 2015, Hoffmann/Bergs 2018).


The aim of our monographic section, which forms part of the 37th Romanistentag (to be held at the University of Augsburg, October 4-7, 2021) is to examine this still young theory development from a Romance perspective and to contrast it with competing paradigms. Key questions concern the achievements and limits of construction grammatical analyses of linguistic units that transcend the boundaries of the traditional concept of grammar. This includes, in addition to complex sentences and information-structurally marked sentence patterns, in particular text types and genres whose consideration under the concept of text or discourse traditions is well established both in Romance Studies and in the context of text linguistics (cf. Winter-Froemel et al., eds., 2015). There are also points of contact regarding the role of cognition in the production and reception of textual patterns (cf. Meier 2020). Furthermore, any form of ‘repeated speech’ can be studied, as long as it can be counted among the building blocks of more complex discourse configurations. Thus, the genre ‘fairy tale’ can be understood as a discourse tradition and at the same time as a partially schematized construction (cf. Coseriu 31994: 188f.; Fillmore 1982: 117; Wilhelm 2001: 469; Östman 2005: 131; Langacker 2008: 117). Finally, the contrasting of cognitive theory formation with discourse-linguistic approaches could also be addressed (cf. Lebsanft/Schrott, eds., 2015).


In this sense, this monographic section sees itself as a forum for discussion and, against the background of proven (Romance) approaches, invites the participants to engage with CxG theory formation and the question of its advantages and limits, especially with regard to the empirical operationalization of models.


We welcome abstracts which do not exceed the maximum word count of 400 words (including bibliographical information). Abstracts should be sent to both section organizers Anja Hennemann ( and Felix Tacke ( Please send it to both e-mail addresses.

Área temática:Lingüística románica
Comité científico

Felix Tacke (University of Bonn)

Anja Hennemann (University of Potsdam)

Plazo de envío de propuestas: hasta el30 de enero de 2021
Notificación de contribuciones aceptadas:15 de marzo de 2021
Lengua(s) oficial(es) del evento:

español, inglés, alemán, francés, italiano, portugués

Fecha de publicación en Infoling:20 de septiembre de 2020
Anja Hennemann
University of Potsdam