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Diachronic Cognitive Linguistics

Past, present, and future

  • Stefan Hartmann


Diachronic studies have played an increasingly important role in recent Cognitive Linguistics. This introductory paper provides an overview of some major lines of research in this field, starting with the inherently panchronic approach that characterizes most flavors of usage-based theory from Cognitive Grammar to recent complex adaptive systems approaches. In particular, the “constructionist turn” and the “quantitative turn” in Diachronic Cognitive Linguistics are discussed in detail. Diachronic Cognitive Linguistics is introduced as a multi-faceted, dynamic framework that aims at providing a holistic and nuanced picture of the complex interplay between language, cognition, and cultural evolution. In addition, this paper introduces the contributions to the present volume in some detail and discusses their relation to current research trends and paradigms within the broader framework of Diachronic Cognitive Linguistics.


I am grateful to Anatol Stefanowitsch for inviting me to edit this volume, and for his guidance throughout the editorial process. Thanks are also due to the editorial assistants Yoo Yung Lee and Amy Amoakuh as well as to the team at De Gruyter. I am also grateful to Carlotta J. Hübener, Yueh Hsin Kuo, Michael Pleyer, and Markus Schiegg for helpful comments and suggestions regarding the present introduction. Last but not least, many thanks to all contributors for making this volume possible.


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