Category Change from a Constructional Perspective

| F.R.S.-FNRS & Université catholique de Louvain
| Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
| University of Gothenburg
| University of Mons
ISBN 9789027200419 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
ISBN 9789027264350 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
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.
[Constructional Approaches to Language, 20]  2018.  vii, 314 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Part I. Introduction
Chapter 1. Category change from a constructional perspective: Introduction
Kristel Van Goethem, Muriel Norde, Evie Coussé and Gudrun Vanderbauwhede
Part II. Category genesis
Chapter 2. Category genesis in Chitimacha: A constructional approach
Daniel W. Hieber
Chapter 3. Derivation without category change: A network-based analysis of diminutive prefixoids in Dutch
Muriel Norde and Caroline Morris
Part III. Category change in syntactic constructions
Chapter 4. Grammaticalization, host-class expansion and category change
Evie Coussé
Chapter 5. Why would anyone take long? Word classes and Construction Grammar in the history of long
David Denison
Chapter 6. Category change in the English gerund: Tangled web or fine-tuned constructional network?
Lauren Fonteyn and Liesbet Heyvaert
Chapter 7. The emergence of a new adverbial downtoner: Constructional change and constructionalization of Dutch [ver van X] and [verre van X] ‘far from X’
Kristel Van Goethem, Gudrun Vanderbauwhede and Hendrik De Smet
Part IV. Category change in morphological constructions
Chapter 8. Category change in construction morphology
Geert Booij and Jenny Audring
Chapter 9. Evaluative morphology in German, Dutch and Swedish: Constructional networks and the loci of change
Malte Battefeld, Torsten Leuschner and Gudrun Rawoens
Chapter 10. Constructional change on the contentful-procedural gradient: The case of the -idz(o) construction in Griko
Nikos Koutsoukos
Part V. Discussion
Chapter 11. Change in category membership from the perspective of construction grammar: A commentary
Graeme Trousdale
Construction index
Subject index
“[T]he collection at hand is a strong contribution to the field due to the fact that the reader gets an excellent overview of terms and issues that are currently being debated when looking at category change from a constructional perspective. All contributions focus on theorizing rather than mere ‘data crunching’ and successfully show that a constructional approach to categories and category change is a fruitful endeavor.”
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Subjects & Metadata
BIC Subject: CFK – Grammar, syntax
BISAC Subject: LAN009020 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Morphology
ONIX Metadata
ONIX 2.1
ONIX 3.0
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2017055770 | Marc record