Title: Dative and genitive variability in Late Modern English: Exploring cross-constructional variation and change
Authors: Wolk, Christoph ×
Bresnan, Joan
Rosenbach, Anette
Szmrecsanyi, Benedikt #
Issue Date: 1-Dec-2013
Publisher: Olms
Series Title: Diachronica vol:30 issue:3 pages:382-419
Abstract: We present a cross-constructional approach to the history of the genitive alternation and the dative alternation in Late Modern English (AD 1650 to AD 1999), drawing on richly annotated datasets and modern statistical modeling techniques. We identify cross-constructional similarities in the development of the genitive and the dative alternation over time (mainly with regard to the loosening of the animacy constraint), a development which parallels distributional changes in animacy categories in the corpus material. Theoretically, we transfer the notion of ‘probabilistic grammar’ to historical data and claim that the corpus models presented reflect past speakers’ knowledge about the distribution of genitive and dative variants. The historical data also helps to determine what is constant (and timeless) in the effect of selected factors such as animacy or length, and what is variant.
ISSN: 0176-4225
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Quantitative Lexicology and Variational Linguistics (QLVL), Leuven
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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