On Multiple Source Constructions in Language Change

| University of Leuven - Research Foundation Flanders
| University of Leuven - Research Foundation Flanders
| University of Leuven - Research Foundation Flanders
ISBN 9789027242679 | EUR 90.00 | USD 135.00
ISBN 9789027268006 | EUR 90.00 | USD 135.00
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).
[Benjamins Current Topics, 79]  2015.  v, 227 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
On multiple source constructions in language change
Freek Van de Velde, Hendrik De Smet and Lobke Ghesquière
Multiple inheritance and constructional change
Graeme Trousdale
An inquiry into unidirectionality as a foundational element of grammaticalization: On the role played by analogy and the synchronic grammar system in processes of language change
Olga Fischer
Serving two masters: Form–function friction in syntactic amalgams
Hendrik De Smet and Freek Van de Velde
Multiple sources for the German scandal construction
Livio Gaeta
Sources of auxiliation in the perfects of Europe
Bridget Drinka
Multiple roots of innovations in language contact: Evidence from morphological intermingling in contact between Ingrian Finnish and Estonian
Helka Riionheimo
Multiple sources and multiple causes multiply explored
Brian D. Joseph
Subject index
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Subjects & Metadata
BIC Subject: CFF – Historical & comparative linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2015024523 | Marc record