Constructions and Environments: Copular, Passive, and Related Constructions in Old and Middle English by Peter Petre

Constructions and Environments: Copular, Passive, and Related Constructions in Old and Middle…

byPeter Petre

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Using a radically usage-based approach, treating syntax as emerging from (changing) frequencies, draws attention to general principles of constructional change, including but not limited to grammaticalization and lexicalization. He proposes novel parallelisms between linguistic and ecologicalevolution. Going beyond the view of language change as propagating only in social interaction, Petre explains how each individual's mental grammar can be seen as a dynamic ecosystem with hierarchical environments (clausal niches, textual habitats). In this view, the interconnectedness of seeminglyunrelated changes, itself resulting from cognitive economy principles, is arguably more decisive in lexical change than is functional competition.

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Peter Petre holds a PhD in linguistics from the KU Leuven (University of Leuven). His research aims at keeping a wide view, combining insights and research methods from linguistics, history, philosophy, and research on evolutionary systems.

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Title:Constructions and Environments: Copular, Passive, and Related Constructions in Old and Middle…Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:July 30, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Environmental linguistics2. In dialogue with previous studies3. Theory and method4. The past tense5. The present tense6. Copularization of becume3 and weaxe37. Evaluation of the resultsAppendix 1: list of primary sources citedAppendix 2: LEON-alphaAppendix 3: DataReferences