Usage-Based Approaches to Language Change

| University of Gothenburg
| Freie Universität Berlin
ISBN 9789027215796 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
ISBN 9789027270092 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
Usage-based approaches to language have gained increasing attention in the last two decades. The importance of change and variation has always been recognized in this framework, but has never received central attention. It is the main aim of this book to fill this gap. Once we recognize that usage is crucial for our understanding of language and linguistic structures, language change and variation inevitably take centre stage in linguistic analysis. Along these lines, the volume presents eight studies by international authors that discuss various approaches to studying language change from a usage-based perspective. Both theoretical issues and empirical case studies are well-represented in this collection. The case studies cover a variety of different languages – ranging from historically well-studied European languages via Japanese to the Amazonian isolate Yurakaré with no written history at all. The book provides new insights relevant for scholars interested in both functional and cognitive linguistic theory, in historical linguists and in language typology.
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Table of Contents
Introduction. The role of change in usage-based conceptions of language
Ferdinand von Mengden and Evie Coussé
Part 1. Challenging mainstream models of language change
Does innovation need reanalysis?
Hendrik De Smet
On cognition and communication in usage-based models of language change
Lars Erik Zeige
Part 2. The role of usage in semantic change
From inferential to mirative: An interaction-based account of an emerging semantic extension
Sonja Gipper
The motivation for using English suspended dangling participles: A Usage-based development of (Inter)subjectivity
Naoko Hayase
The nature of speaker creativity in linguistic innovation
Osamu Ishiyama
Part 3. The role of usage and structure in language change
Reanalysis and gramma(ticaliza)tion of constructions: The case of the deictic relative construction with perception verbs in French
Kirsten Jeppesen Kragh and Lene Schøsler
Constructional change, paradigmatic structure and the orientation of usage processes
Lars Heltoft
Filling empty distinctions of expression with content: Usage-motivated assignment of grammatical meaning
Jens Nørgård-Sørensen
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Subjects & Metadata
BIC Subject: CFF – Historical & comparative linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
ONIX Metadata
ONIX 2.1
ONIX 3.0
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2014009593 | Marc record