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Mon Nov 18 2013

Books: Constructionalization and Constructional Changes: Traugott, Trousdale

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Date: 18-Nov-2013
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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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Author: Elizabeth Closs Traugott Author: Graeme Trousdale Hardback: ISBN: 9780199679898 Pages: 304 Price: U.K. £ 65

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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