Usage-based perspectives on diachronic morphology: A mixed-methods approach towards English ing-nominals

Lauren Fonteyn, Stefan Hartmann

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-12
JournalLinguistics Vanguard
Volume2
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2016

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