29.2809, Books: Article Emergence in Old English: Sommerer

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Subject: 29.2809, Books: Article Emergence in Old English: Sommerer

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Date: Fri, 06 Jul 2018 10:55:51
From: Pablo Dominguez Andersen [pablo.dominguez at degruyter.com]
Subject: Article Emergence in Old English: Sommerer

 


Title: Article Emergence in Old English 
Subtitle: A Constructionalist Perspective 
Series Title: Topics in English Linguistics [TiEL]  

Publication Year: 2018 
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
	   http://www.degruyter.com/mouton
	

Book URL: https://www.degruyter.com/view/product/487657?format=G 


Author: Lotte Sommerer

Hardback: ISBN:  9783110539370 Pages: 357 Price: U.S. $ 114.99


Abstract:

This book investigates nominal determination in Old English and the emergence
of the definite and the indefinite article. Analyzing Old English prose texts,
it discusses the nature of linguistic categorization and argues that a
usage-based, cognitive, constructionalist approach best explains when, how and
why the article category developed. It is shown that the development of the OE
demonstrative 'se' (that) and the OE numeral 'an' (one) should not be told as
a story of two individual, grammaticalizing morphemes, but must be
reconceptualized in constructional terms. The emergence of the morphological
category ‘article’ follows from constructional changes in the linguistic
networks of OE speakers and especially from ‘grammatical
constructionalization’ (i.e. the emergence of a new, schematic, mostly
procedural form-meaning pairing which previously did not exist in the
constructicon). Next to other functional-cognitive reasons, the book
especially highlights analogy and frequency effects as driving forces of
linguistic change.
 



Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics

Subject Language(s): English, Old (ang)


Written In: English  (eng)

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