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A plea for explanation
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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: Acesso em: 26 set. 2023.


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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