Constructions in Contact 2

Language change, multilingual practices, and additional language acquisition

Hans C. Boas | University of Texas at Austin
ORCID logoSteffen Höder | Kiel University
ISBN 9789027208620 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
ISBN 9789027259974 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
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The last few years have seen a steadily increasing interest in constructional approaches to language contact. This volume builds on previous constructionist work, in particular Diasystematic Construction Grammar (DCxG) and the volume Constructions in Contact (2018) and extends its methodology and insights in three major ways. First, it presents new constructional research on a wide range of language contact scenarios including Afrikaans, American Sign Language, English, French, Malayalam, Norwegian, Spanish, Welsh, as well as contact scenarios that involve typologically different languages. Second, it also addresses other types of scenarios that do not fall into the classic language contact category, such as multilingual practices and language acquisition as emerging multilingualism. Third, it aims to integrate constructionist views on language contact and multilingualism with other approaches that focus on structural, social, and cognitive aspects. The volume demonstrates that Construction Grammar is a framework particularly well suited for analyzing a wide variety of language contact phenomena from a usage-based perspective.
[Constructional Approaches to Language, 30] 2021.  vii, 437 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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“This volume is an inspiring example of the capacity of constructional approaches to deal with complex linguistic data and theoretical problems. The papers united here apply constructional models to tackle unsolved questions in language contact and other multilingual constellations like second language acquistion and additional language acquisition. Taking up what has been achieved in the field of language change, the scope of constructional models is expanded to the investigation of diasystemic constructions. A highly welcome and instructive read to everybody interested in the field!”
“This terrific volume calls attention to the importance of language contact in shaping the constructicon. The expert contributions showcase research which displays a number of interactions with other domains of enquiry in Construction Grammar. The book addresses numerous topics in multilingualism, drawing on an impressively diverse range of language families. It will be of tremendous interest to anyone interested in usage-based approaches to linguistic diversity.”
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Main BIC Subject

CFK: Grammar, syntax

Main BISAC Subject

LAN009060: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Syntax
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U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2021003372 | Marc record