Edited by Hans C. Boas and Steffen Höder
[Constructional Approaches to Language 24] 2018
► pp. 37–70
Grammar is community-specific
Background and basic concepts of Diasystematic Construction Grammar
Mainstream grammatical theory and traditional grammaticography concentrate on single languages or varieties, which are conceptualised as pre-existing, distinct entities and analysed in terms of coherent, static, ideally variation-free language systems. This is in stark contrast to actual language usage, where various kinds of structural contact phenomena are the rule rather than the exception. In line with recent insights from contact linguistics, Diasystematic Construction Grammar assumes that multilingual speakers and communities organise their grammatical knowledge on the basis of the available input via processes of interlingual identification, abstraction, generalisation, and categorisation, regardless of language boundaries. This results in a community-specific multilingual constructicon, comprising both language-specific constructions (restricted to certain communicative contexts associated with a particular language) and constructions unspecified for language.
- 1.(Why) Yet another approach?
- 2.Insights from contact linguistics: Language contact and its status in linguistic theory
- 3.Taking usage-based CxG seriously: Towards socio-cognitive realism
- 4.An integrated approach: The repertoire as constructicon
- 4.1Language-specificity as a constructional property
- 4.2Constructions without borders: Idioconstructions and diaconstructions
- 4.3Language-specific input vs. diasystematic constructicon?
- 4.4Pro-diasystematic change
- 4.5Generalisation gone wild?
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