Show Summary Details

Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD HANDBOOKS ONLINE ( © Oxford University Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Handbooks Online for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 15 May 2021

Abstract and Keywords

The term “complement” has a very general interpretation in cognitive linguistics. For example, in Ron Langacker's cognitive grammar, a complement structure corresponds to and elaborates a salient subpart of the relation evoked by the head. This article deals exclusively with clausal complements and presents examples that provide the reader with a basic understanding of the issues raised by cognitive linguists about complementation, as well as the methods they have designed to answer them. First, it introduces the crucial concept of “conceptual subordination” before discussing some of the semantic contrasts that complement constructions code in English, Japanese, and French. It also considers the cognitive grammar account of raising constructions in order to show that a semantically based framework can provide a satisfactory account of phenomena traditionally regarded as purely syntactic. Finally, the article describes raising constructions as an example to show that cognitive grammar can provide a satisfactory account of phenomena usually regarded as strictly structural.

Keywords: complementation, cognitive linguistics, clausal complements, conceptual subordination, constructions, cognitive grammar, raising constructions

Access to the complete content on Oxford Handbooks Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can''t find the answer there, please contact us.