The Changing English Language
Psycholinguistic Perspectives

Studies in English Language Series

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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.
1. Introduction: language history meets psychology

Part I. Frequency
. 2. The Ecclesiastes principle in language change H
. 3. Frequencies in diachronic corpora and knowledge of language

Part II. Salience
. 4. Salience in language usage, learning, and change
. 5. Low salience as an enabling factor in morphosyntactic change

Part III. Chunking
. 6. Chunking in language usage, learning, and change: I don't know
. 7. Chunking and changes in compositionality in context

Part IV. Priming
. 8. Priming and language change
. 9. From priming and processing to frequency effects and grammaticalisation? Contracted semi-modals in present-day English

Part V. Analogy
. 10. The role of analogy in language processing and acquisition
. 11. The role of analogy in language change: supporting constructions

Part VI. Ambiguity
. 12. Syntactic ambiguity in real-time language processing and diachronic change
. 13. Ambiguity and vagueness in historical change

Part VII. Acquisition and Transmission
. 14. Developing language from usage: explaining errors
. 15. Transferring insights from child language acquisition to diachronic change (and vice versa)
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.

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.

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.