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Wed May 20 2020

Books: The Changing English Language: Hundt, Mollin, Pfenninger (eds.)

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Date: 15-May-2020
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Subject: The Changing English Language: Hundt, Mollin, Pfenninger (eds.)
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Title: The Changing English Language
Subtitle: Psycholinguistic Perspectives
Published: 2020
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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Editor: Marianne Hundt
Editor: Sandra Mollin
Editor: Simone E. Pfenninger
Paperback: ISBN: 9781107451728 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 33.99
Paperback: ISBN: 9781107451728 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 25.99
Paperback: ISBN: 9781107451728 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 30.33

Bringing together experts from both historical linguistics and psychology, this volume addresses core factors in language change from the perspectives of both fields. It explores the potential (and limitations) of such an interdisciplinary approach, covering the following factors: frequency, salience, chunking, priming, analogy, ambiguity and acquisition. Easily accessible, the book features chapters by psycholinguists presenting cutting edge research on core factors and processes and develops a model of how this may be involved in language change. Each chapter is complemented with one or several case study in the history of the English language in which the psycholinguistic factor in question may be argued to have played a decisive role. Thus, for the first time, a single volume provides a platform for an integrated exchange between psycholinguistics and historical linguistics on the question of how language changes over time.

1. Introduction: language history meets psychology Marianne Hundt, Sandra Mollin and Simone E. Pfenninger; Part I. Frequency: 2. The Ecclesiastes principle in language change Harald Baayen, Fabian Tomaschek, Susanne Gahl and Michael Ramscar; 3. Frequencies in diachronic corpora and knowledge of language Martin Hilpert; Part II. Salience: 4. Salience in language usage, learning, and change Nick C. Ellis; 5. Low salience as an enabling factor in morphosyntactic change Elizabeth C. Traugott; Part III. Chunking: 6. Chunking in language usage, learning, and change: I don't know Nick C. Ellis; 7. Chunking and changes in compositionality in context Joan L. Bybee and Carol Lynn Moder; Part IV. Priming: 8. Priming and language change Martin J. Pickering and Simon Garrod; 9. From priming and processing to frequency effects and grammaticalisation? Contracted semi-modals in present-day English Christian Mair; Part V. Analogy: 10. The role of analogy in language processing and acquisition Heike Behrens; 11. The role of analogy in language change: supporting constructions Hendrik de Smet and Olga Fischer; Part VI. Ambiguity: 12. Syntactic ambiguity in real-time language processing and diachronic change Claudia Felser; 13. Ambiguity and vagueness in historical change David Denison; Part VII. Acquisition and Transmission: 14. Developing language from usage: explaining errors Elena V. M. Lieven; 15. Transferring insights from child language acquisition to diachronic change (and vice versa) María José López-Cous.

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics

Subject Language(s): English (eng)

Written In: English (eng)

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