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Title: Mikroforandringer i to engelske aspektkonstruktioner og visualisering deraf: Hilpert-metoden
Author: Kim Ebensgaard Jensen
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Institution: Aalborg University
Linguistic Field: Cognitive Science; Historical Linguistics; Syntax; Text/Corpus Linguistics
Subject Language: English
Abstract: When addressing language change, people often focus primarily on structural changes such as grammaticalization processes and similar types of change. However, changes also occur at a level which is not necessarily structurally reflected, as is the case of collocational, colligational, and collostructional change. In usage-based language models such changes are of great importance to the language system. In this paper we will focus on changes in constrution-verb relations in the English progressive and imperfective constructions as reflected in the Corpus of Historical American English in the period 1810-2009, making use of what could be called the Hilpert method (after Martin Hilpert who is somewhat of a pioneer in this field), which involves motion charts generated via googleVis as an analytical tool and a means of visualization of otherwise abstract and structurally unobservable language changes.
Type: Individual Paper
Status: Completed
Venue: Tempus & Aspektseminar, Copenhagen University, June 24 - 2014


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