Edited by Lotte Sommerer and Elena Smirnova
[Constructional Approaches to Language 27] 2020
► pp. 318–351
Putting connections centre stage in diachronic Construction Grammar
Construction Grammar conceptualizes language as a hierarchically organized network of constructions, defined as conventional pairings of form and meaning. Importantly, constructions are interlinked: vertical links connect lower-level constructions with their higher-level parents; horizontal links connect sister constructions on the same level. While the importance of vertical connections is well-established, horizontal connections have received only little attention in the theoretical literature so far. The power of horizontal connections stems from their ability to express syntagmatic and paradigmatic relations. By means of two classic case studies, we will show how shifts in similarity relations, that derive from shared horizontal connections down to the utterance level, enable changes in paradigmatic affiliations to constructions higher-up in the network. Our first case study relates the emergence of a new construction, [
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