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Constructionalization and Constructional Changes

Elizabeth Closs Traugott and Graeme Trousdale


A constructionalist approach to language change is proposed, with focus on the development of signs in a usage-based model. The book's explore the interconnections between grammatical and lexical constructions in the language network, and the way in which language use affects the representation of constructions and schemas over time. Language change is shown to proceed by micro-steps that involve closely related changes in syntax, morphology, phonology, semantics, pragmatics, and discourse functions. Examples are drawn from electronic corpora representing the one thousand five hundred year his ... More

Keywords: construction grammar, grammaticalization, historical linguistics, lexicalization, sign change, usage-based model

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199679898
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199679898.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Elizabeth Closs Traugott, author
Stanford University

Graeme Trousdale, author
University of Edinburgh