Studies in English Language: English Comparative Correlatives: Diachronic and Synchronic Variation at the Lexicon-Syntax Interface

Author:   Thomas Hoffmann
Publisher:   Cambridge University Press
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9781108477215


Pages:   276
Publication Date:   02 May 2019
Format:   Hardback
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One of the most intriguing features of languages is that speakers can produce novel grammatical utterances that they have never heard before. Consequently, most linguists agree that the mental grammars of speakers are complex systems that must be more abstract than the input they are exposed to. Yet, linguists differ as to how general and abstract speakers' mental representations have to be to allow this grammatical creativity. This book addresses this issue by empirically investigating one specific construction, English comparative correlatives (e.g., the more you eat, the fatter you get). Drawing on authentic corpus data from Old English to Present-day English varieties around the world, it shows how input frequency and domain-general cognitive principles affect the complex mental network of constructions that underlies speakers' linguistic behaviour. This pioneering and original study will be of interest to scholars and students of English syntax and English historical linguistics.

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Author:   Thomas Hoffmann
Publisher:   Cambridge University Press
Imprint:   Cambridge University Press
Dimensions:   Width: 15.70cm , Height: 1.70cm , Length: 23.60cm
Weight:   0.570kg
ISBN:  

9781108477215


ISBN 10:   1108477216
Pages:   276
Publication Date:   02 May 2019
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Professional & Vocational
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
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Thomas Hoffmann is Professor and Chair of English Language and Linguistics at the Catholic University of Eichstatt-Ingolstadt. He is author of Preposition Placement in English (Cambridge, 2011) and he is currently writing the textbook Construction Grammar: The Structure of English for the Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics series.

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