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Title: Constructional Change in English
Subtitle: Developments in Allomorphy, Word Formation, and Syntax
Written By: Martin Hilpert
URL: http://www.cambridge.org/us/knowledge/isbn/item7071828/Constructional%20Change%20in%20English/?site_
Series Title: Studies in English Language
Description:

Martin Hilpert combines construction grammar and advanced corpus-based methodology into a new way of studying language change. Constructions are generalizations over remembered exemplars of language use. These exemplars are stored with all their formal and functional properties, yielding constructional generalizations that contain many parameters of variation. Over time, as patterns of language use are changing, the generalizations are changing with them. This book illustrates the workings of constructional change with three corpus-based studies that reveal patterns of change at several levels of linguistic structure, ranging from allomorphy to word formation and to syntax. Taken together, the results strongly motivate the use of construction grammar in research on diachronic language change. This new perspective has wide-ranging consequences for the way historical linguists think about language change. It will be of particular interest to linguists working on morpho-syntax, sociolinguistics and corpus linguistics. 1. Introduction 2. Data and methodology 3. Constructional change in allomorphy 4. Constructional change in word formation 5. Constructional change in syntax 6. Conclusions

Publication Year: 2013
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Syntax
Subject Language(s): English
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Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9781107013483
Pages: 236
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