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LINGUIST List 23.1418

Tue Mar 20 2012

Books: Incipient Productivity: Zeschel

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Date: 20-Mar-2012
From: Julia Ulrich <julia.ulrichdegruyter.com>
Subject: Incipient Productivity: Zeschel
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Title: Incipient Productivity
Subtitle: A Construction-Based Approach to Linguistic Creativity
Series Title: Cognitive Linguistics Research [CLR] 49
Published: 2012
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
                http://www.degruyter.com/mouton

Book URL: http://www.degruyter.com/view/product/180582?format=G

Author: Arne Zeschel
Electronic: ISBN: 9783110274844 Pages: 268 Price: Europe EURO 99.95
Hardback: ISBN: 9783110270013 Pages: 268 Price: Europe EURO 99.95
Abstract:

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.

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science
                            Semantics
                            Text/Corpus Linguistics

Subject Language(s): English (eng)
                            German (deu)

Written In: English (eng)

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