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LINGUIST List 24.4591

Mon Nov 18 2013

Books: Constructionalization and Constructional Changes: Traugott, Trousdale

Editor for this issue: Justin Petro <justinlinguistlist.org>

Date: 18-Nov-2013
From: Annie Leyman <annie.leymanoup.com>
Subject: Constructionalization and Constructional Changes: Traugott, Trousdale
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Title: Constructionalization and Constructional Changes
Series Title: Oxford Studies in Diachronic and Historical Linguistics
Published: 2013
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Book URL: http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780199679898.do

Author: Elizabeth Closs Traugott
Author: Graeme Trousdale
Hardback: ISBN: 9780199679898 Pages: 304 Price: U.K. £ 65
Abstract:

This book develops an approach to language change based on construction grammar in order to reconceptualize grammaticalization and lexicalization. Basing their argument on the notions that language is made up of language-specific form-meaning pairings and of a gradient between lexical and grammatical constructions, Professor Traugott and Professor Trousdale suggest that language change proceeds by micro-steps that involve closely related changes in syntax, morphology, phonology, semantics, pragmatics, and discourse functions. They examine numerous English examples drawn from Old to contemporary English to the present. Constructionalization and Constructional Changes propounds and demonstrates a new and productive approach to historical linguistics.

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
                            Linguistic Theories
                            Syntax

Subject Language(s): English (eng)
                            English, Middle (enm)
                            English, Old (ang)

Written In: English (eng)

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