Linguistics 2015; 53(6): 14331441 Florent, Perek. Argument structure in usage-based Construction Grammar. Amsterdam & Philadelphia: John Benjamins, 2015. x + 246 pp. ISBN 9789027204394 Reviewed by Lunella Mereu, Dipartimento di Filosofia, Comunicazione e Spettacolo, Università degli studi Roma Tre, via Ostiense 236, 00146 Rome, Italy, E-mail: email@example.com DOI 10.1515/ling-2015-0036 This book is a serious and detailed study of the argument structure and the realization of verbs in English. The author adopts a usage-based approach to grammar based on the hypothesis that the frequency with which words and structures are used in a language depends on the frequency of their occurrences in its grammatical organization and on the storage of a large number of exemplars in the language user's mind. The author's theoretical background is cognitive linguistics (Langacker 1987, 2000; Bybee 2006, 2010, 2013, among others), combined with a construction grammar approach (Kay and Fillmore 1999; Goldberg 1995; Croft 2001) and its corresponding usage-based concept of grammar. The book is divided into three parts. The first aims at showing that argument structure is not laid down once and forever by the meaning of individual verbs, while the second focuses on what determines the meanings associated with the various argument
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