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The Changing English Language
Psycholinguistic Perspectives

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Part of Studies in English Language

Marianne Hundt, Sandra Mollin, Simone E. Pfenninger, Harald Baayen, Fabian Tomaschek, Susanne Gahl, Michael Ramscar, Martin Hilpert, Nick C. Ellis, Elizabeth C. Traugott, Joan L. Bybee, Carol Lynn Moder, Martin J. Pickering, Simon Garrod, Christian Mair, Heike Behrens, Hendrik de Smet, Olga Fischer, Claudia Felser, David Denison, Elena V. M. Lieven, María José López-Cous
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  • Date Published: August 2017
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107086869

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  • Bringing together experts from both historical linguistics and psychology, this volume addresses core factors in language change from the perspectives of both fields. It explores the potential (and limitations) of such an interdisciplinary approach, covering the following factors: frequency, salience, chunking, priming, analogy, ambiguity and acquisition. Easily accessible, the book features chapters by psycholinguists presenting cutting edge research on core factors and processes and develops a model of how this may be involved in language change. Each chapter is complemented with one or several case study in the history of the English language in which the psycholinguistic factor in question may be argued to have played a decisive role. Thus, for the first time, a single volume provides a platform for an integrated exchange between psycholinguistics and historical linguistics on the question of how language changes over time.

    • Integrates, for the first time, psycholinguistics and historical linguistics, written by experts in both fields
    • Readers from both disciplines are able to appreciate the potential of the respective fields for their own research, whilst acquiring a better grasp of the limitations of the interdisciplinary approach
    • Detailed information on factors in language change from a psycholinguistic perspective are provided in one single volume
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'This innovative collection sketches what a long overdue cooperation of psycholinguistics and language change could look like. By systematically investigating key psycholinguistic factors from both perspectives, it closes a striking gap in historical linguistics.' Lieselotte Anderwald, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel

    'This is an admirable example of how a sophisticated analysis of a narrowly defined and partly even invisible phenomenon can reveal deep insights into language acquisition, with wide-ranging consequences for syntactic theory. As such, it is also a demonstration of how acquisition research can inform grammatical theory. Beautifully written, this book is therefore highly recommended to a readership not only interested in language acquisition but also in syntactic theory.' Jürgen Meisel, Universität Hamburg

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2017
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107086869
    • length: 428 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 157 x 26 mm
    • weight: 0.73kg
    • contains: 26 b/w illus. 24 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction: language history meets psychology Marianne Hundt, Sandra Mollin and Simone E. Pfenninger
    Part I. Frequency:
    2. The Ecclesiastes principle in language change Harald Baayen, Fabian Tomaschek, Susanne Gahl and Michael Ramscar
    3. Frequencies in diachronic corpora and knowledge of language Martin Hilpert
    Part II. Salience:
    4. Salience in language usage, learning, and change Nick C. Ellis
    5. Low salience as an enabling factor in morphosyntactic change Elizabeth C. Traugott
    Part III. Chunking:
    6. Chunking in language usage, learning, and change: I don't know Nick C. Ellis
    7. Chunking and changes in compositionality in context Joan L. Bybee and Carol Lynn Moder
    Part IV. Priming:
    8. Priming and language change Martin J. Pickering and Simon Garrod
    9. From priming and processing to frequency effects and grammaticalisation? Contracted semi-modals in present-day English Christian Mair
    Part V. Analogy:
    10. The role of analogy in language processing and acquisition Heike Behrens
    11. The role of analogy in language change: supporting constructions Hendrik de Smet and Olga Fischer
    Part VI. Ambiguity:
    12. Syntactic ambiguity in real-time language processing and diachronic change Claudia Felser
    13. Ambiguity and vagueness in historical change David Denison
    Part VII. Acquisition and Transmission:
    14. Developing language from usage: explaining errors Elena V. M. Lieven
    15. Transferring insights from child language acquisition to diachronic change (and vice versa) María José López-Cous.

  • Editors

    Marianne Hundt, Universität Zürich
    Marianne Hundt is Professor of English Linguistics at Universität Zürich. Her research interests include grammatical variation and change in World Englishes. As a corpus-linguist, she has compiled and worked with corpora in World Englishes research and historical linguistics. She is the author of English Mediopassive Constructions (2007), co-author of Change in Contemporary English: A Grammatical Study (2009) and co-editor of English World-Wide.

    Sandra Mollin, Universität Heidelberg
    Sandra Mollin is senior lecturer in English Linguistics at the Universität Heidelberg. Her research focuses on phraseology, varieties of English and the combination of corpus linguistic and psycholinguistic methodology. She is the author of The (Ir)Reversibility of English Binomials (2014) and Euro-English: Assessing Variety Status (2006).

    Simone E. Pfenninger, Universität Salzburg
    Simone E. Pfenninger is Assistant Professor at Universität Salzburg. Her principal research areas are multilingualism, psycholinguistics and individual differences in second language acquisition, especially in regard to quantitative approaches and statistical methods and techniques for language application in education. She is the co-editor of the Second Language Acquisition book series for Multilingual Matters.


    Marianne Hundt, Sandra Mollin, Simone E. Pfenninger, Harald Baayen, Fabian Tomaschek, Susanne Gahl, Michael Ramscar, Martin Hilpert, Nick C. Ellis, Elizabeth C. Traugott, Joan L. Bybee, Carol Lynn Moder, Martin J. Pickering, Simon Garrod, Christian Mair, Heike Behrens, Hendrik de Smet, Olga Fischer, Claudia Felser, David Denison, Elena V. M. Lieven, María José López-Cous

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