A plea for explanation



Explations, Syntax, Semantics, Tough constructions


The paper responds to Duffley's hypothesis that syntactic phenomena are explicable by the ways in which constructions are used. A model of explanation will be offered, and on this basis 'tough' constructions and the general counterfunctionality of syntax will be discussed.


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Biografia do Autor

John Collins

University of East Anglia, Department of Philosophy, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.


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COLLINS, J. A plea for explanation. Manuscrito: Revista Internacional de Filosofia, Campinas, SP, v. 45, n. 2, p. 217–229, 2022. Disponível em: https://periodicos.sbu.unicamp.br/ojs/index.php/manuscrito/article/view/8670451. Acesso em: 1 dez. 2022.