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Language Change, Variation, and Universals$
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Peter W. Culicover

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9780198865391

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198865391.001.0001

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Changes outside of the CCore

Changes outside of the CCore

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(p.225) 9 Changes outside of the CCore
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Language Change, Variation, and Universals
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Peter W. Culicover

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198865391.003.0009

This chapter shows the broader applicability of the constructional approach. It looks at three well-documented developments in English that do not fall into the category of ‘core phenomena’ as understood in Chapter 3, reflexivity, do-support and preposition stranding. These changes are not as central to the expressive function of language as argument structure, operator/scope, and similar phenomena. The chapter argues that these phenomena provide additional evidence that the constructional approach is well-suited for providing genuine explanations for language change and variation.

Keywords:   grammatical change, constructional change, reflexivity, do-support, preposition stranding, core/periphery distinction

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