Constructional Change in English: Developments in Allomorphy, Word Formation, and Syntax

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Cambridge University Press, Feb 28, 2013 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 233 pages
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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.
 

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Data and methodology
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Normalized frequency developments of four constructions page
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VNC results for the getpassive
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The relative frequency development ofeth
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Interaction of register and age
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Preposition stranding in the DCPSE
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Comparison of five complementtaking predicates
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Relative frequency distributions of rightside collocates over time
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Classification probabilities ofa mixed model
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constructional change in Word formation
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New types with ment over time
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Frequencies of new types with ment in the OED
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Constructional change in syntax I 55
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Conclusions
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a logistie regression model of mine and my
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constructional change in allomorphy
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Preconsonantal prevocalic and preH realizations
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Second VNC solution seven clusters nine outliers removed
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Martin Hilpert is Assistant Professor of English Linguistics at the University of Neuchâtel.

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