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Constructions and Language Change

Ed. by Bergs, Alexander / Diewald, Gabriele

Series:Trends in Linguistics. Studies and Monographs [TiLSM] 194

DE GRUYTER MOUTON

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    Publication Date:
    November 2008
    Copyright year:
    2008
    ISBN
    978-3-11-021175-7
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    Aims and Scope

    Studies in diachronic linguistics increasingly acknowledge that linguistic change is highly context-dependent and somehow tied to constructions as linguistic units. This is the first volume to investigate the role of constructions and the potential of constructional approaches in linguistic change. The contributions in this volume comprise both theoretical and empirical studies, all of which are accessible for a general audience. While some contributions explicitly aim at comparing and unifying concepts from both traditional grammatical theories and recent construction grammar approaches, others offer detailed case studies of exemplary problems from a constructional point of view. The papers offer a cross-linguistic perspective and deal with a number of different language families, ranging from Germanic to Austronesian.

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    271 pages
    DE GRUYTER MOUTON
    Language:
    English
    Type of Publication:
    Collection
    Keyword(s):
    Cognitive linguistics; historical linguistics

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    Alexander Bergs, Osnabrück University, Germany; Gabriele Diewald, Hannover University, Germany.

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    "In summary, the volume as a whole focuses on a series of issues pertinent to linguists interested in the specific application of construction grammars (or some general insights on language provided by construction grammars) to patterns of language change, most particularly, though not exclusively, to the related and debated processes of grammaticalization and degrammaticalization. The editors are to be congratulated for providing such a useful and insightful collection of articles. The volume certainly has the potential to stimulate further work in this developing area of historical linguistics research."
    Graeme Trousdale in: Language 6/2011

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