Illocutionary Meaning in a Knowledge Base: The Case of Requests


  • Rocío Jiménez-Briones Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
  • Alba Luzondo-Oyón Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia


This paper focuses on conventionalized requests such as Can you X?, which are here considered to be constructions or entrenched parings of form and function. We first offer a concise account of how such illocutionary constructions have been approached from the point of view of Construction Grammar, to then provide the reader with their computational treatment within the knowledge base for Natural Language Processing systems known as FunGramKB. In so doing, four constructional domains are formalized in the COREL metalanguage. The overall aim of this paper is to contribute further evidence that the construction-based approach, which lies at the basis of the FunGramKB Grammaticon, is relevant for the investigation of language processing.

Biografía del autor/a

Rocío Jiménez-Briones, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid

Senior Lecturer in English language and linguistics at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain)

Alba Luzondo-Oyón, Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia

Alba Luzondo-Oyón is English Language Program Coordinator (C1 Level) at the University Center for Distance Learning Language (CUID) of the Spanish National Distance Learning University (UNED). She was Professor and researcher at UNED from 2013 to 2018. Her research interests include Construction Grammar, metaphor and metonymy, and Natural Language Processing. She has published her research in international journals and edited volumes such as Cambridge University Press, Elsevier, John Benjamins, etc.


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