Hans C. Boas

List of John Benjamins publications for which Hans C. Boas plays a role.


Book series


Subjects Contact Linguistics | Multilingualism | Theoretical linguistics
Subjects Contact Linguistics | Germanic linguistics | Historical linguistics | Theoretical linguistics

Romance Perspectives on Construction Grammar

Edited by Hans C. Boas and Francisco Gonzálvez-García

[Constructional Approaches to Language, 15] 2014. x, 316 pp.
Subjects Cognition and language | Romance linguistics | Syntax | Theoretical linguistics
Subjects Syntax | Theoretical linguistics

Grammatical Constructions: Back to the roots

Edited by Mirjam Fried and Hans C. Boas

[Constructional Approaches to Language, 4] 2005. viii, 246 pp.
Subjects Semantics | Syntax | Theoretical linguistics


The last decade has seen the expansion of systematic study of spoken language within Construction Grammar (Fried & Östman 2005, Östman 2006, Günthner 2006, Imo 2007). While most studies have only noted that a specific syntactic pattern may have different manifestations in spoken language and in… read more
Boas, Hans C. and Alexander Ziem 2018 Chapter 7. Constructing a constructicon for German: Empirical, theoretical, and methodological issuesConstructicography: Constructicon development across languages, Lyngfelt, Benjamin, Lars Borin, Kyoko Ohara and Tiago Timponi Torrent (eds.), pp. 183–228 | Chapter
This chapter discusses a number of important issues underlying and motivating the development of a constructicon for German. More specifically, it presents an overview of some typologically interesting facets of German syntax such as word order, topological fields, case, and passives. Taking a… read more
Boas, Hans C. and Steffen Höder 2018 Construction Grammar and language contact: An introductionConstructions in Contact: Constructional perspectives on contact phenomena in Germanic languages, Boas, Hans C. and Steffen Höder (eds.), pp. 5–36 | Chapter
Pierce, Marc, Hans C. Boas and Karen A. Roesch 2015 The History of Front Rounded Vowels in New Braunfels GermanGermanic Heritage Languages in North America: Acquisition, attrition and change, Johannessen, Janne Bondi † and Joseph C. Salmons (eds.), pp. 117–132 | Article
While earlier studies of New Braunfels German (NBG), a dialect of Texas German (TxG), e.g., Eikel (1954, 1966b) and Gilbert (1972), report the existence of front rounded vowels to various degrees, they are almost completely absent from present-day NBG (Boas 2009). This paper describes the history… read more
Boas, Hans C. and Francisco Gonzálvez-García 2014 Chapter 1. Applying constructional concepts to Romance languagesRomance Perspectives on Construction Grammar, Boas, Hans C. and Francisco Gonzálvez-García (eds.), pp. 1–35 | Article
Boas, Hans C. and Marc Pierce 2011 Lexical developments in Texas GermanStudies on German-Language Islands, Putnam, Michael T. (ed.), pp. 129–150 | Article
This paper offers new insights into on-going research on lexical borrowing in language contact situations by presenting a typology of lexical borrowings in Texas German (TxG), a critically endangered dialect that will go extinct within the next 30 years. We show that the lexicon of TxG has not… read more
Boas, Hans C. 2010 Comparing constructions across languagesContrastive Studies in Construction Grammar, Boas, Hans C. (ed.), pp. 1–20 | Article
Boas, Hans C. 2010 The syntax–lexicon continuum in Construction Grammar: A case study of English communication verbsFraming: From grammar to application, Sambre, Paul and Maria-Cornelia Wermuth (eds.), pp. 54–82 | Article
This paper offers an alternative analysis of Goldberg’s (1995) account of communication verbs appearing in the ditransitive construction. Based on a more finely-grained frame-semantic analysis of constructional phenomena, it is shown that generalizations over specific syntactic frames are possible… read more
Boas, Hans C. 2009 Case loss in Texas German: The influence of semantic and pragmatic factorsThe Role of Semantic, Pragmatic, and Discourse Factors in the Development of Case, Barðdal, Jóhanna and Shobhana L. Chelliah (eds.), pp. 347–373 | Article
Based on a comparison of data from Gilbert (1972) and data collected by the Texas German Dialect Project between 2001–2006 I demonstrate that dative case marking in Texas German has significantly declined over the past 40 years. Applying Trudgill’s (2004) model of new-dialect formation to the data… read more
Boas, Hans C. 2008 Determining the structure of lexical entries and grammatical constructions in Construction GrammarAnnual Review of Cognitive Linguistics: Volume 6, Ruiz de Mendoza Ibáñez, Francisco José (ed.), pp. 113–144 | Article
Research in Construction Grammar assumes no strict separation between syntax and the lexicon. However, recent work by Goldberg (1995, 2006) shows that there is indeed a separation between lexical entries and grammatical constructions, including constraints regulating the fusion of grammatical… read more
Boas, Hans C. 2008 2. Resolving form-meaning discrepancies in Construction GrammarConstructional Reorganization, Leino, Jaakko (ed.), pp. 11–36 | Article
Boas, Hans C. and Mirjam Fried 2005 IntroductionGrammatical Constructions: Back to the roots, Fried, Mirjam and Hans C. Boas (eds.), pp. 1–9 | Miscellaneous