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Constructions and EnvironmentsCopular, Passive, and Related Constructions in Old and Middle English$
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Peter Petré

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199373390

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199373390.001.0001

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Theory and Method

Theory and Method

(p.49) Chapter 3 Theory and Method
Constructions and Environments

Peter Petré

Oxford University Press

Chapter 3 outlines the diachronic application of construction grammar to the case studies, and discusses the compilation of a representative data sample. Under constructionist theory, changes in the behavior of function words are analyzed as the combined result of lexical and construction-based features of these words. The integration of prototype theory leads to a refinement of the concept and role of competition between function words. Endorsing a happy marriage of linguistic theory with philology, a new dialect- and genre-balanced corpus is introduced which improves comparability between the Old and Middle English stages by a principled reselection and complementing of available digital resources.

Keywords:   Construction grammar, Radical Construction Grammar, cognitive linguistics, prototype theory, corpora, Old English, Middle English, philology

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