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The Journal of English Language and Literature , Vol.57, No.6, 959 ~ 977, 2011
English No Matter Construction: A Construction-based Perspective
Jong Bok Kim , Seung Han Lee
The expression no matter, combining with an interrogative clause X, expresses ``it doesn`t matter what the value is of X`` and displays many syntactic and semantic peculiarities. To better understand the grammatical properties of the construction in question, we investigate English corpora available online and suggest that some of the irreducible properties the construction displays can be best captured by the inheritance mechanism which plays a central role in the HPSG and Construction Grammar. We show that the construction in question has its own constructional properties, but also inherits properties from related major head constructions.
Key Words
no matter, construction-specific, free ranger, exhaustive, conditional, sluicing, copula deletion,영미문학, 문화연구, 비교문학, 비평이론, English and American Literature, cultural studies, comparative literature, critical theory
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