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Usage-based approaches on diachronic morphology: A mixed-methods approach towards English ing-nominals

  • This paper illustrates how different methodological approaches can be combined to reveal complex patterns of constructional variation and change in the diachronic development of English ing-nominals. More specifically, we argue that approaching the data from a schema-based (rather than morpheme-based) perspective shows that nominal gerunds in English, from the sixteenth to the nineteenth century, have undergone a semantic drift towards more “nouny” construal variants. This hypothesis is supported not only by raw frequency counts, but also by association measures and by a detailed analysis of hapax legomena.

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Institutes:Fakultät Geistes- und Kulturwissenschaften / Lehrstuhl für Deutsche Sprachwissenschaft
Author:Lauren Fonteyn, Stefan Hartmann
Place of publication:Bamberg
Year of publication:2017
Pages / Size:1 pdf-Datei (12 S.)
Year of first publication:2016
Source/Other editions:Ursprünglich in: Linguistics vanguard : multimodal online journal 2 (2016), 1, S. 1-12
Keywords:History of English; Morphology; Usage-based linguistics
Document Type:Variety of texts
Peer Review:Ja
Internationale Verbreitung:Ja
Publishing Institution:Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg
Release Date:2017/12/15