Title: Causal framing for medical instrumentality: Applied ontology and frame-based construction grammar
Authors: Sambre, Paul * ×
Wermuth, Cornelia * #
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: Editions de l'UniversiteĢ de Bruxelles
Series Title: Belgian Journal of Linguistics vol:24 pages:163-191
Abstract: This paper explores the linguistic patterns of instrumentality in the titles of English medical research papers, at the interface between conceptual and linguistic structure, and offers a contribution to the little studied interrelationships between static and dynamic conceptual relations in medical ontology and LSP terminology. It is demonstrated how causal cues constitute the conceptual background against which instrumentals are profiled in the causal chain of the medical model. Taking inspiration from Talmy, frame semantics and construction grammar, the linguistic patterns in which causal and instrumental frame elements are co-activated are transcribed as complex patterns with partial morphological, syntactic and lexical marking of the conceptual relations under study. The paper offers an exploratory typology of causal cues for instrumentals and describes how multiple instruments can appear in medical LSP. The findings are relevant for those interested in the nexus between constructional aspects of expert language, ontology and frame semantics. Keywords: frame semantics, construction grammar, instrumentals, causality, medical ontology
ISBN: 978-90-272-2684-6
ISSN: 0774-5141
VABB publication type: VABB-1
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Comparative, Historical and Applied Linguistics, Leuven
Formal and Computational Linguistics (ComForT), Leuven
Multimodality, Interaction and Discourse, Campus Sint-Andries Antwerp
Linguistics Research Unit - miscellaneous
* (joint) first author
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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