Constructions in Contact
Constructional perspectives on contact phenomena in Germanic languages
The last three decades have seen the emergence of Construction Grammar as a major research paradigm in linguistics. At the same time, very few researchers have taken a constructionist perspective on language contact phenomena. This volume brings together, for the first time, a broad range of original contributions providing insights into language contact phenomena from a constructionist perspective. Focusing primarily on Germanic languages, the papers in this volume demonstrate how the notion of construction can be fruitfully applied to investigate how a range of different language contact phenomena can be systematically analyzed from the perspectives of both form and meaning.
[Constructional Approaches to Language, 24] 2018. vi, 316 pp.
Publishing status: Available
© John Benjamins
Table of Contents
Preface | pp. 1–2
Part I. Constructions in contact: A theoretical overview
Construction Grammar and language contact: An introductionHans C. Boas and Steffen Höder | pp. 5–36
Grammar is community-specific: Background and basic concepts of Diasystematic Construction GrammarSteffen Höder | pp. 37–70
Part II. Constructional variation and change in contact
Towards a constructional analysis of the progressive aspect in Texas GermanMargaret Blevins | pp. 73–113
Tense and aspect marking in (Low) German perfect constructions based on variety contactKathrin Weber | pp. 115–142
Distributional assimilation in constructional semantics: On contact-related semantic shifts in Afrikaans three-argument constructionsTimothy Colleman | pp. 143–177
Part III. Item-based patterns and constructional generalizations in contact
Constructions as cross-linguistic generalizations over instances: Passive patterns in contactJan-Ola Östman | pp. 181–210
Texas German and English word order constructions in contactRyan Dux | pp. 211–249
Part IV. Semantic frames in contact
A constructional account of the modal particle ‘ja’ in Texas GermanHans C. Boas | pp. 253–276
Frames change in language contact environments: A case study of schleichen (‘to sneak’) and kommen (‘to come’)David Hünlich | pp. 277–310
Author index | pp. 311–312
Index of constructions | p. 313
Subject index | pp. 315–316
“Language contact used to be a blind spot in Construction Grammar. This exciting volume demonstrates that it is now taking its rightful place in constructional research. The articles in this volume cover argument structure constructions, verbal inflections, split auxiliary systems, modal particles, word order, and motion verbs in languages such as Danish, Afrikaans, Swedish, Turkish, and Texas German. With its broad outlook, the volume not only pushes the boundaries of current constructional research; it also makes it relevant to researchers from other theoretical backgrounds.”
Martin Hilpert, University of Neuchâtel
“A timely contribution from Construction Grammar to the current discussion on language contact and multilingualism. The case studies in this volume are united by a perspective on multilingualism as normalcy that brings language contact phenomena into the mainstream of linguistic analysis where they belong, thus setting a challenge one hopes will be taken up by other frameworks.”
Heike Wiese, University of Potsdam
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Rottet, Kevin J.
2020. How the Entrenchment-and-Conventionalization Model might enrich Diachronic Construction Grammar. Belgian Journal of Linguistics 34 ► pp. 306 ff.
Smirnova, Elena & Lotte Sommerer
Van Goethem, Kristel & Isa Hendrikx
2021. Intensifying constructions in second language acquisition. In Constructions in Contact 2 [Constructional Approaches to Language, 30], ► pp. 376 ff.
2021. The Spanish verb-particle construction [V para atrás]. In Constructions in Contact 2 [Constructional Approaches to Language, 30], ► pp. 140 ff.
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Main BIC Subject
CF/2AC: Linguistics/Germanic & Scandinavian languages
Main BISAC Subject
LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General