Modality and Diachronic Construction Grammar
This volume explores how Diachronic Construction Grammar can shed new light on changes in a central and well-researched domain of grammar, namely modality. Its main goal is to show how constructional analyses can help us address some of the long-standing questions that have informed discussions of modal expressions and their development, and to illustrate the processes that are involved in these developments on the basis of data from languages such as English, Finnish, French, Galician, German, and Japanese. The studies in this volume are organized around three interrelated topics. The first of these concerns the organization of modal constructions in a network. A second focus area of the studies in this volume concerns the developmental pathways that modal constructions follow diachronically. The third topic that ties the contributions of this volume together is the contrast between constructionalization and constructional change.
[Constructional Approaches to Language, 32] 2021. v, 251 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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Table of Contents
Modality in Diachronic Construction Grammar: Long-standing questions, new perspectivesMartin Hilpert, Bert Cappelle and Ilse Depraetere | pp. 1–11
Contractions, constructions and constructional change: Investigating the constructionhood of English modal contractions from a diachronic perspectiveRobert Daugs | pp. 13–52
Exploring relative degrees of auxiliarization empirically in German modal constructions with wissen and verstehen : Does host class expansion provide enough evidence?Volodymyr Dekalo | pp. 53–79
Grammaticalization of verdienen into an auxiliary marker of deontic modality: An item-driven usage-based approachGabriele Diewald, Volodymyr Dekalo and Dániel Czicza | pp. 81–122
The diachrony of Galician certamente and seguramente : A case of grammatical constructionalizationVítor Míguez | pp. 123–147
Unfolding constructions: Postmodal auxiliaries in mirative complement patternsRea Peltola | pp. 149–184
Horizontal links within and between paradigms: The constructional network of reported directives in GermanElena Smirnova | pp. 185–217
Constructionalization of Japanese koto imperativesEtsuyo Yuasa | pp. 219–246
Index | pp. 247–251
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Main BIC Subject
CFK: Grammar, syntax
Main BISAC Subject
LAN009060: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Syntax