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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

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

Peter W. Culicover

Oxford University Press

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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