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Author Hoffmann, Thomas, 1976- author.

Title English comparative correlatives : diachronic and synchronic variation at the lexicon-syntax interface / Thomas Hoffmann
Published New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, [2019]


Description 1 online resource
Series Studies in English language
Contents Figures -- Tables -- Acknowledgement -- Abbreviations -- 1. Introduction -- 2. Previous research -- 3. The diachronic evolution of English CCs: a constructionist account -- 4. Synchronic properties of the standard British and American English CC construction network -- 5. A contrastive view: German versus English comparative correlatives -- 6. Variation and mental grammars: the view from world Englishes -- 7. Conclusion: The role of constructional networks -- References -- Index
Summary 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
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject English language -- Comparative clauses.
English language -- Comparison.
English language -- Relative clauses.
Grammar, Comparative and general -- Relative clauses.
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES -- Grammar & Punctuation.
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES -- Linguistics -- Syntax.
English language -- Comparative clauses
English language -- Comparison
English language -- Relative clauses
Grammar, Comparative and general -- Relative clauses
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781108755009