DOI of the published article https://doi.org/10.25189/2675-4916.2022.v3.n1.id665
“CORTEI O CABELO OU TIVE O CABELO CORTADO?”: CORPUS-BASED ANALYSIS FOR THE CAUSED-ACTION CONSTRUCTION IN BRAZILIAN PORTUGUESE
Keywords:Caused-action construction, Functional Factors, Usage-based Linguistics, Corpus Linguistics, Construction Grammar
The pattern [cut hair] is the most conventional form in Brazilian Portuguese (BP) for when someone says they went to the salon and had their hair cut with a hairdresser. This pattern can be understood as an argument structure construction, called caused-action: a transitive form [SN V SN] associated with the meaning of an indirectly caused activity, accordingly to Ciríaco (2014a) and Santos, Ciríaco and Souza (2019). Based on the theoretical assumptions of Usage-Based Linguistics (BARLOW, KEMMER, 2000), Corpus Linguistics (SARDINHA, 2004) and Goldberg’s Construction Grammar (1995, 2006, 2019), and starting from the hypothesis of Ciríaco (2014a), this study aimed to verify, through a corpus search (Corpus Brasileiro – Sketch Engine) and in social network (Twitter), whether the caused-action construction is restricted to the functional context of provision of services and to describe the semantic and pragmatic aspects associated with the construction based on real-world data. As a result, it was possible to confirm this functional restriction and the most frequently used verbs in the construction. The analysis also allowed us to observe that the meaning of the construction can be associated with both the transitive form [SN V SN] and the competing form [SN V SN [with/in SN]], with the former being preferred, given the context of provision of services. Finally, this study also showed how the construction can have its meaning changed to meet the different communicative needs of the speakers, depending on the socio-historical context, such as the pandemic one.
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