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Title: Incipient Productivity
Subtitle: A Construction-Based Approach to Linguistic Creativity
Written By: Arne Zeschel
URL: http://www.degruyter.com/view/product/180582?format=G
Series Title: Cognitive Linguistics Research [CLR] 49
Description:

How do speakers vary established patterns of language use and adapt them
to novel contexts of application? This study presents a usage-based
approach to linguistic creativity: combining detailed qualitative with large-
scale quantitative analyses of corpus data, it traces the emergence of partial
productivity in clusters of conventional collocations.

Focusing on English and German intensification constructions, it proceeds in
three steps: having first inventoried the lexical means (of a given semantic
type) that are recruited for signalling intensity in both languages,
collostructional analysis is then used to identify entrenched intensity
collocations involving these formatives in three different syntactic
constructions. Third, multi-rater manual classification methods as well as
distribution-based automatic classification methods are employed to uncover
semantic generalisations over the attested types on different levels of
abstraction.

Collocational expansion is shown to proceed through local analogies within
sets of semantically similar stored instances of a construction. Synthesising
insights from research on language acquisition, variation and change, it is
thus argued that creative extensions of linguistic conventions are intrinsically
bound up with aspects of memory and repetition.

Publication Year: 2012
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
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Linguistic Field(s): Semantics
Text/Corpus Linguistics
Cognitive Science
Subject Language(s): English
German
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ISBN-13: 9783110274844
Pages: 268
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ISBN-13: 9783110270013
Pages: 268
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