Category Change from a Constructional Perspective

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Kristel Van Goethem, Muriel Norde, Evie Coussé, Gudrun Vanderbauwhede
John Benjamins Publishing Company, Mar 15, 2018 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 314 pages
Category change, broadly defined as the shift from one word class to another, is often studied as part of other changes, such as grammaticalization or lexicalization, but not in its own right. This volume offers a survey of different types of category change and their properties, e.g. abrupt versus gradual changes, morphological versus syntactic changes, or context-independent versus context-sensitive changes. The purpose of this collection of papers is to explore the concepts of linguistic category and category change from the perspective of Construction Grammar. Using data from a variety of languages, the authors address a number of themes that are central to current theorizing about category change, such as the question of whether or not categories should be considered discrete entities, how new categories arise, or whether category change can be considered as the emergence of a new construction, i.e. a new form-meaning pairing. The novel approach advanced in this volume will be of interest to historical linguists as well as to general linguists working on the nature of linguistic categories.
 

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Contents

Introduction
3
The creation of new categories
13
A constructional approach
15
A networkbased analysis of diminutive prefixoids in Dutch
47
Part III Category change in syntactic constructions
91
Chapter 4 Grammaticalization hostclass expansion and category change
93
Word classes and Construction Grammar in the history of long
119
Tangled web or finetuned constructional network?
149
Constructional change and constructionalization of Dutch ver van X and verre van X far from X
179
Part IV Category change in morphological constructions
207
Chapter 8 Category change in construction morphology
209
Constructional Networks and the Loci of Change
229
The case of the idzo construction in Griko
263
Part V Discussion
289
A commentary
291
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