What drives morphological change? : A case study from the history of German

Faculty/Professorship: German Linguistics  
Author(s): Hartmann, Stefan
Publisher Information: Bamberg : opus
Year of publication: 2017
Pages: 17
Source/Other editions: Lingvisticæ Investigationes 37 (2014) 2, S. 275 – 289
Year of first publication: 2014
Language(s): English
DOI: 10.20378/irbo-50501
Licence: German Act on Copyright 
URN: urn:nbn:de:bvb:473-opus4-505015
This paper investigates the role of syntactic, semantic, and lexical factors in the diachronic development of German nominalization patterns. Drawing on an extensive corpus analysis of Early New High German and New High German texts, it is shown that (a) deverbal nominals in the suffix -ung tend to develop more reified meaning variants, which is reflected in the syntactic patterns in which the word-formation products preferentially occur, and (b) infinitival nominalization becomes more productive and is established as the new default word-formation pattern deriving nouns from verbs. These considerations fit in neatly with a cognitively-oriented theory of word-formation change situated in the framework of Construction Grammar.
Keywords: Morphology, Construction Grammar
Peer Reviewed: Ja
International Distribution: Ja
Type: Article
URI: https://fis.uni-bamberg.de/handle/uniba/42779
Year of publication: 18. December 2017