Word formation change in Word Grammar: Two case studies

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This chapter provides a further contribution to work on Word Grammar and language change. It explores particular developments in English derivational morphology in order to look in more detail at what kinds of changes occur in the language network over time. This relates to discussions in other cognitive linguistic theories about diachronic variation in the language network, especially in terms of changes to nodes and changes to links between nodes. The main claims that are made are as follows: (i) much change in the network is very local, and involves micro-steps but (ii) some changes can occur which involve more significant restructuring, for instance where language users have reanalysed a part of a word as a word in itself. Since the central goal of Word Grammar is to understand the grammar of words, such changes can be revealing in terms of the theoretical underpinnings of the framework.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWord Grammar, Cognition and Dependency
EditorsEva Eppler, Nikolas Gisborne, And Rosta
PublisherCambridge University Press
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2024


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