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A constructional taxonomy of I think and related expressions: accounting for the variability of complement-taking mental predicates

(2010) ENGLISH LANGUAGE & LINGUISTICS. 14(3). p.399-427
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This article offers a constructional approach to complement-taking mental predicates (CTMPs), e.g. I think, accommodating a whole class of CTMP types (I THINK, I SUPPOSE, I IMAGINE etc.) and their variant forms (e.g. I would think, I should have imagined) in a constructional taxonomy. CTMPs are generally believed to depend on their prototypical simple present form in order to convey an epistemic/evidential meaning. Corpus evidence shows, however, that there exist several variant forms that equally function as interpersonal modifications. Such variation has long presented a stumbling block to studies approaching CTMPs from the point of view of grammaticalization theory, since this framework has traditionally been rather inimical to the idea that a grammaticalized item may encompass a paradigm of variant forms and instead requires internal fixation into an unalterable form. It will be argued that CTMPs should be regarded as constructions constituting a taxonomy characterized by several levels of schematicity. It will be demonstrated that the most frequently used CTMP, I THINK, has reached the highest degree of entrenchment and schematicity, and consequently sanctions the widest range cif variant forms, which are disseminated throughout the taxonomy by virtue of analogization.
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ENGLISH, LINGUISTIC STRUCTURE, ZERO COMPLEMENTIZER, USAGE, CLAUSES, GRAMMAR, GRAMMATICALIZATION

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Van Bogaert, Julie. “A Constructional Taxonomy of I Think and Related Expressions: Accounting for the Variability of Complement-taking Mental Predicates.” ENGLISH LANGUAGE & LINGUISTICS 14.3 (2010): 399–427. Print.
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Van Bogaert, Julie. (2010). A constructional taxonomy of I think and related expressions: accounting for the variability of complement-taking mental predicates. ENGLISH LANGUAGE & LINGUISTICS, 14(3), 399–427.
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Van Bogaert, Julie. 2010. “A Constructional Taxonomy of I Think and Related Expressions: Accounting for the Variability of Complement-taking Mental Predicates.” English Language & Linguistics 14 (3): 399–427.
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Van Bogaert, Julie. 2010. “A Constructional Taxonomy of I Think and Related Expressions: Accounting for the Variability of Complement-taking Mental Predicates.” English Language & Linguistics 14 (3): 399–427.
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Van Bogaert J. A constructional taxonomy of I think and related expressions: accounting for the variability of complement-taking mental predicates. ENGLISH LANGUAGE & LINGUISTICS. 2010;14(3):399–427.
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J. Van Bogaert, “A constructional taxonomy of I think and related expressions: accounting for the variability of complement-taking mental predicates,” ENGLISH LANGUAGE & LINGUISTICS, vol. 14, no. 3, pp. 399–427, 2010.
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  author       = {Van Bogaert, Julie},
  issn         = {1360-6743},
  journal      = {ENGLISH LANGUAGE & LINGUISTICS},
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  language     = {eng},
  number       = {3},
  pages        = {399--427},
  title        = {A constructional taxonomy of I think and related expressions: accounting for the variability of complement-taking mental predicates},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1360674310000134},
  volume       = {14},
  year         = {2010},
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