A Role and Reference Grammar Account of Adjuncts in the Airbus Corpus: A Quantitative-Based Study

  • Carolina Rodríguez-Juárez Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
  • Francisco J. Cortés-Rodríguez Universidad de La Laguna


This paper presents the results of a quantitative study of adjuncts in the Airbus corpus carried out within the theoretical framework of Role and Reference Grammar (RRG). We describe the positional behaviour of these peripheral constituents in the Layered Structure of the Clause and postulate scales of positional and peripheral preferences, based on frequency distribution, in the Airbus controlled natural language (CNL). The results obtained were compared with a previous study on adjunct preferences and positions in Natural English to check for changes in these scales due to the nature of the texts written in this CNL. We also aim to contribute to the development of the RRG analysis of adverbials by offering a detailed semantic typology and a description of the syntax of these peripheral constituents grounded in empirical and quantitatively based data that will serve as a basis for the parsing of adverbials in the computational processing of CNLs.

Author Biographies

Carolina Rodríguez-Juárez, Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
Carolina Rodríguez-Juárez works at the Department of Modern Philology, Translation & Interpretation, Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain. Her research focuses on the interaction between lexis & grammar within the theory of Role and Reference Grammar; the computational treatment of the lexicon and constructional meaning in FunGramKB; and the development and implementation of tools designed for natural language processing.
Francisco J. Cortés-Rodríguez, Universidad de La Laguna
Francisco José  Cortés-Rodríguez is Full Professor of English Language and Linguistics at the University of La Laguna, Spain. He has been the Head of the ‘Andr s Bello’ Institute for Linguistics and is currently the President of AESLA (Spanish Society of Applied Linguistics). His areas of research interests are word-formation, lexicology, the grammar-lexis interface within functional and cognitive models and computational linguistics.  


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