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Collocations, Creativity and Constructions

A Usage-based Study of Collocations in Language Attainment

Cordula Glass

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Cordula Glass, Collocations, Creativity and Constructions (2019), Narr Francke Attempto, 72070 Tübingen, ISBN: 9783823391715

Beschreibung

Approaching collocations from a usage-based perspective, this study investigates how the development of collocational proficiency in first and second language attainment could be explained. Against the background of recent approaches in cognitive linguistics such as construction grammar and Complex Adaptive Systems it argues that collocations should not be regarded as idiosyncratic phraseological items, which, depending on their degree of fixedness and semantic opaqueness, can be classified along a gradient of idiomaticity. Thus, this study regards collocations as dynamic linguistic phenomena, which could be seen as subject to constant change rather than more or less static combinations with an additional level of syntagmatic and paradigmatic restrictions. Furthermore it explores how creative changes and alternations of collocations can be used to learn more about a speakers cognitive processing of these phraseological phenomena and how this process might be influenced by language external factors such as age, education or context.

Beschreibung

Approaching collocations from a usage-based perspective, this study investigates how the development of collocational proficiency in first and second language attainment could be explained. Against the background of recent approaches in cognitive linguistics such as construction grammar and Complex Adaptive Systems it argues that collocations should not be regarded as idiosyncratic phraseological items, which, depending on their degree of fixedness and semantic opaqueness, can be classified along a gradient of idiomaticity. Thus, this study regards collocations as dynamic linguistic phenomena, which could be seen as subject to constant change rather than more or less static combinations with an additional level of syntagmatic and paradigmatic restrictions. Furthermore it explores how creative changes and alternations of collocations can be used to learn more about a speakers cognitive processing of these phraseological phenomena and how this process might be influenced by language external factors such as age, education or context.

Beschreibung

Cordula Glass studierte Cultural Engineering an der Otto-von-Guericke Universität Magdeburg, wo sie sich zunächst mit den Themenfeldern Schnittstellen- und Wissensmanagement befasste. 2006 wechselte sie an die Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, wo sie schwerpunktmäßig zu Fragestellungen aus dem Bereichen der kognitiven Linguistik (v.a. Erst- und Zweitspracherwerb und Phraseologie) forschte. 2016 wurde sie promoviert. Weitere wissenschaftliche Stationen bilden die University of Birmingham und die Universität Bayreuth.

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Inhaltsverzeichnis

  • BEGINN
  • Figures and Tables
  • Acknowledgements
  • 1 Three sides of the same coin? – Collocations, Creativity, Constructions
  • 2 Collocations as Constructions
  • 2.1 Context-Oriented Approaches
  • 2.2 Significance-Oriented Approaches
  • 2.3 A Construction-Oriented Approach
  • 3 Collocations and Creativity
  • 3.1 Creative Variation of Collocations
  • 3.2 Creativity and Cognition
  • 4 Creating Linguistic Creativity
  • 4.1 Nativist Approaches
  • 4.2 Constructionist Approaches
  • 4.3 Phraseology and Language Acquisition
  • 4.4 The DMCDC-Model: A usage-based model of collocations
  • 4.5 Summary and Implications
  • 5 Measuring Collocations – Methodological Considerations
  • 5.1 Online Production Tasks – Corpus Data and Statistical Association Measures for Collocations
  • 5.2 Offline Perception Tasks – Experimental Data in Usage-based and Constructionist Studies
  • 5.3 Methodological Limitations and Shortcomings
  • 5.4 Methodology of this Study
  • 6 CollMatch
  • 6.1 Native Speakers – Adult
  • 6.2 Native Speakers – Children
  • 6.3 Native Speakers – Patterns
  • 6.4 Non-Native Speakers
  • 6.5 Effects of Schooling
  • 6.6 Summary and Implications
  • 7 CollJudge
  • 7.1 Native Speakers
  • 7.2 Non-native speakers
  • 7.3 Comparing Corpus Data and Evaluations from Judgement Tasks
  • 7.4 Summary and Implications
  • 8 Main Results and Implications
  • 8.1 Main Results of this Study
  • 8.2 Limitations and Further Research
  • 8.3 Implications for a Usage-based Approach Towards language
  • Appendices
  • Appendix I: Questionnaire
  • Appendix II: CollMatch (Acceptance Scores)
  • Appendix III: REC items vs. alternate combinations
  • Appendix IV: Raw Frequency Rankings and Association Measures for CollJudge
  • Appendix V: CollJudge (z-transformed acceptance scores)
  • References
  • Dictionaries
  • Corpora

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