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Constructions and Language Change (2008)

Constructions and Language Change

Author(s): Bergs, Alexander, Alexander Bergs

Series: Trends in Linguistics. Studies and Monographs

Publisher: Mouton de Gruyter, Year: 2008

ISBN: 3110198665,9783110198669

Studies in diachronic linguistics increasingly acknowledge that linguistic change is highly context-dependent and somehow tied to constructions as linguistic units. This is the first volume to investigate the role of constructions and the potential of constructional approaches in linguistic change. The contributions in this volume comprise both theoretical and empirical studies, all of which are accessible for a general audience. While some contributions explicitly aim at comparing and unifying concepts from both traditional grammatical theories and recent construction grammar approaches, others offer detailed case studies of exemplary problems from a constructional point of view. The papers offer a cross-linguistic perspective and deal with a number of different language families, ranging from Germanic to Austronesian.