This paper explores the evaluative noget construction in Danish. The construction is constituted by noget ‘something’ juxtaposed by a noun in an evaluative frame such as e.g. det er noget pjat, ‘it’s nonsense’ det er noget bras ‘it’s rubbish’, or det er noget svineri ‘it’s foul’. With a starting point in cross-linguistic studies on ‘something’ and its syntax, the paper moves on to explore core members of this evaluative class in Danish, providing a detailed semantic analysis of core configurations of the construction. The affordance of noget ‘something’ as ‘something bad’ is a key to understanding the construction, and from this general premise the class of evaluatives take off in multiple negative directions, providing a snapshot of the Danish linguaculture of evaluation. The paper argues for a Cultural Construction Grammar that can bring together the lexicogrammatical integrationism of Construction Grammar, and the linguacultural holism of the Ethnosyntax research paradigm. The goal is to provide high-definition analysis of complex, language-specific constructions in a simple, globally translatable metalanguage.
|Journal||Nordic Journal of Linguistics|
|Publication status||E-pub ahead of print - 2020|
- construction grammar
- cross-linguistic analysis