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Title: Constructions: Emerging and Emergent
Edited By: Peter Auer
Stefan Pfänder
Series Title: De Gruyter linguae & litterae / Publications of the School of Language and Literature Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies 6

This volume embarks on an exploration of the processual and dynamic
character of grammatical constructions in emergence, both from an
‘emergent’ and an ‘emerging’ perspective. ‘Emerging’ constructions develop
out of their discourse contexts. Talking of emergent constructions is
compatible with a view of grammar as a stable system of rules and structures
which may ‘emerge’ (i.e., come into existence) out of a pool of previously
unordered elements. ‘Emergent’ constructions on the contrary are due to the
on-line production of grammar in time. The term ‘emergent’ emphasises the
fact that a grammatical structure is always temporary and ephemeral. In both
senses, grammar is modelled as a highly adaptive resource for interaction.

On the basis of empirical studies on spoken English, German, Hebrew,
Swedish and French, the volume addresses the following questions: How can
what initially appears to be construction x end up being construction y in on-
line syntax? What are the local interactional needs which such processes
respond to in the process of their emergence? Does the on-line (re-)modelling
of a construction concern its syntactic or semantic side ‑ or both? And finally:
Should emergent grammatical structures as they unfold in real time be seen
as stages in the emerging of grammar?

Publication Year: 2011
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Linguistic Theories
Functional Grammar
Subject Language(s): English
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Format: Electronic
ISBN-13: 9783110229080
Pages: 331
Prices: Europe EURO 99.95
Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9783110229073
Pages: 331
Prices: Europe EURO 99.95