LINGUIST List 26.5388

Thu Dec 03 2015

Books: On Multiple Source Constructions in Language Change: De Smet, Ghesquière, Van de Velde (eds.)

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Date: 01-Dec-2015
From: Karin Plijnaar <karin.plijnaarbenjamins.nl>
Subject: On Multiple Source Constructions in Language Change: De Smet, Ghesquière, Van de Velde (eds.)
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Title: On Multiple Source Constructions in Language Change
Series Title: Benjamins Current Topics 79
Published: 2015
Publisher: John Benjamins
                http://www.benjamins.com/

Book URL: https://benjamins.com/catalog/bct.79

Editor: Hendrik De Smet
Editor: Lobke Ghesquière
Editor: Freek Van de Velde
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027268006 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 90.00
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027268006 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 135.00
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027268006 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 76.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027242679 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 135.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027242679 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 76.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027242679 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 95.40
Abstract:

In much writing on language change, there is a tacit assumption that change operates on a single source construction to produce an innovative target construction. This volume challenges this assumption, by showing that many changes involve interactions between multiple source constructions. In fact, the involvement of multiple source constructions is unexceptional. The phenomenon is observed in phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics. It is seen in language-internal change as well as in contact-induced change. Interactions may obtain between independent but historically related constructions as well as between historically unrelated constructions. The contributions to this volume, on the one hand, present specific case studies on changes involving multiple source constructions, in various domains of grammar and in a variety of languages. On the other hand, they discuss how such changes can be accommodated in current theoretical models of language.

Originally published in Studies in Language Vol. 37:3 (2013).

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
                            Historical Linguistics
                            Sociolinguistics

Written In: English (eng)

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