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

Studies in English Language

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

Hardcover Published: 2nd May 2019
ISBN: 9781108477215
Number Of Pages: 276

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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'll 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.

ISBN: 9781108477215
ISBN-10: 1108477216
Series: Studies in English Language
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 276
Published: 2nd May 2019
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.57 x 15.65  x 1.88
Weight (kg): 0.46

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