Usage-based approaches on diachronic morphology: A mixed-methods approach towards English ing-nominals
Fonteyn, Lauren; Hartmann, Stefan (2016): „Usage-based approaches on diachronic morphology: A mixed-methods approach towards English ing-nominals“. Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton doi: 10.1515/lingvan-2016-0057.
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Linguistics vanguard : multimodal online journal
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This paper illustrates how different methodological approaches can be combined to reveal complex patterns of constructional variation and change in the diachronic development of English ing-nominals. More specifically, we argue that approaching the data from a schema-based (rather than morpheme-based) perspective shows that nominal gerunds in English, from the sixteenth to the nineteenth century, have undergone a semantic drift towards more “nouny” construal variants. This hypothesis is supported not only by raw frequency counts, but also by association measures and by a detailed analysis of hapax legomena.
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