In generative frameworks, constructions are generally argued to be void of content and derived by the general syntactic rules of the language in question.
In construction grammar, cognitive grammar, and cognitive linguistics, a grammatical construction is a syntactic template that is paired with conventionalized semantic and pragmatic content. In these disciplines, constructions are given a more semiotic character.
- Ronald W. Langacker, Foundations of Cognitive Grammar Volume I, Stanford University Press, Stanford, California, 1987. ISBN 0804738521
- Adele E. Goldberg, Constructions: A Construction Grammar Approach to Argument Structure, The University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 1995. ISBN 0226300862