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date: 17 November 2019

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This chapter analyzes how corpus linguistics has significantly affected our understanding of constructional change. It describes three different kinds of constructional change, including changes in a construction's frequency, in its form, and in its function. The analysis reveals that, in all cases, the data retrieved from corpora can reveal fine-grained detail regarding the gradual nature of constructional change and facilitate the quantitative analysis that typifies much work on linguistic variation and change.

Keywords: corpus linguistics, constructional change, quantitative analysis, linguistic variation, linguistic change

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