Lost in Change
Causes and processes in the loss of grammatical elements and constructions
Svenja Kranich | University of Bonn
Tine Breban | University of Manchester
While research on language change has formulated robust empirical generalisations about processes and motivations underlying the emergence and spread of linguistic elements, their decline and loss is less well understood. So far a systematic investigation into the processes and motivations of decline and loss in language change is lacking. This book is a first step towards remedying this state of affairs. It brings together a varied set of empirical investigations into decline and loss, spanning morphology, syntax and the lexicon, in different languages. Their authors apply diverse methodologies and represent different theoretical approaches. On the basis of this broad span of studies, authors and editors propose generalisations related to decline and loss and assess similarities and differences with processes and motivations of emergence and spread. The book aims to inspire and provide hypotheses for further studies of decline and loss. It will appeal to historical linguists and others interested in language change.
[Studies in Language Companion Series, 218] 2021. vi, 366 pp.
Publishing status: Available
© John Benjamins
Table of Contents
Lost in Change: IntroductionSvenja Kranich and Tine Breban | pp. 1–18
Part I. Modelling loss: Description, theory and method
A typological perspective on the loss of inflectionHelen Sims-Williams and Matthew Baerman | pp. 19–50
So-adj-a construction as a case of obsolescence in progressKarolina Rudnicka | pp. 51–74
The impersonal construction in the texts of Updated Old EnglishJan Čermák | pp. 75–100
Corpus driven identification of lexical bundle obsolescence in Late Modern EnglishOndřej Tichý | pp. 101–130
A constructional account of the loss of the adverse avertive schema in Mandarin ChineseYueh Hsin Kuo | pp. 131–158
Part II. Motivations and explanations for loss: Language-internal and external factors
Loss or variation? Functional load in morpho-syntax – Three case studiesAlexandra Rehn | pp. 159–198
“The next Morning I got a Warrant for the Man and his Wife, but he was fled”: Did sociolinguistic factors play a role in the loss of the be-perfect?*Marianne Hundt | pp. 199–234
On the waning of forms – A corpus-based analysis of decline and loss in adjective amplificationMartin Schweinberger | pp. 235–260
Decline and loss in the modal domain in recent English : Decline and loss in the modal domain in recent EnglishSvenja Kranich | pp. 261–290
German so-relatives: Lost in grammatical, typological, and sociolinguistic changeLuise Kempf | pp. 291–332
Loss of object indexation in verbal paradigms of Koĩc (Tibeto-Burman, Nepal): Loss of object indexation in verbal paradigms of Koĩc (Tibeto-Burman, Nepal)Dörte Borchers | pp. 333–362
Index | pp. 363–366
Cited by 3 other publications
2022. Individual differences in the decline of the Deontic nci construction. Cognitive Linguistic Studies 9:1 ► pp. 1 ff.
2023. Chapter 5. Towards a radically usage-based account of constructional attrition. In Reconnecting Form and Meaning [Studies in Language Companion Series, 230], ► pp. 123 ff.
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Main BIC Subject
CFK: Grammar, syntax
Main BISAC Subject
LAN009060: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Syntax
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number: 2021009612 | Marc record