This is to count as a construction

Adele E. Goldberg, Johan Van Der Auwera

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This article investigates the syntactic, semantic, and pragmatic properties of utterances such as This is to count as a construction. It is argued that a construction is required to capture certain semi-idiosyncratic aspects of the pattern. We call this construction the is-to construction. At the same time, its properties are motivated by relating the construction to other well-known constructions via a default inheritance hierarchy. The article also discusses a nonproductive "object-related" construction and suggests a diachronic relationship between the two. The proposal is contrasted with word-based, semantic, and purely syntactic accounts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)109-132
Number of pages24
JournalFolia Linguistica
Issue number1
StatePublished - May 15 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language


  • Compositionality
  • Constructionist approach
  • Copula
  • Inheritance
  • Is-to construction
  • Modality
  • To infnitive


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