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By Alexander Bergs,Gabriele Diewald

Studies in diachronic linguistics more and more recognize that linguistic swap is extremely context-dependent and someway tied to constructions as linguistic devices. this is often the 1st quantity to enquire the function of buildings and the potential for constructional ways in linguistic switch. The contributions during this quantity include either theoretical and empirical reports, all of that are obtainable for a basic viewers. whereas a few contributions explicitly target at evaluating and unifying options from either conventional grammatical theories and up to date building grammar techniques, others supply targeted case experiences of exemplary difficulties from a constructional standpoint. The papers provide a cross-linguistic standpoint and care for a few various language households, starting from Germanic to Austronesian.

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