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Frames change in language contact environments. A case study of schleichen ('to sneak') and kommen ('to come')

  • Based on the empirical data of 97 fourth-graders from three districts of Braunschweig in Germany, this paper investigates the possibility of changing semantic frames in multilingual communities. The focus of study is the verb field of self-motion. In a free-sorting task involving 52 verbs, Turkish-speaking students, in particular, placed the verbs schleichen (‘to sneak’) and kommen (‘to come’) in the same group. When explaining the perceived similarity they also used the word schleichen (‘to sneak’), in a specific grammatical construction that is not found in Standard German. This paper suggests that semantic frames may change along with grammatical constructions when typologically distinct languages come into close contact.

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Author:David Hünlich
URN:urn:nbn:de:bsz:mh39-84535
DOI:https://doi.org/10.1075/cal.24.09hun
ISBN:978-90-272-0171-3
Parent Title (English):Constructions in contact. Constructional perspectives on contact phenomena in Germanic languages
Series (Serial Number):Constructional approaches to language (24)
Publisher:Benjamins
Place of publication:Amsterdam u.a.
Editor:Hans Christian Boas
Translator:Steffen Höder
Document Type:Part of a Book
Language:English
Year of first Publication:2018
Date of Publication (online):2019/01/29
Publicationstate:Zweitveröffentlichung
Publicationstate:Postprint
Reviewstate:(Verlags)-Lektorat
Tag:frame semantics; free-sorting; language contact; migration linguistics; semantic change
GND Keyword:Bedeutungswandel; Frame-Semantik; Sprachkontakt; Verb
First Page:277
Last Page:310
Note:
This article is under copyright of Benjamins. The publisher should be contacted for permission to re-use or reprint the material in any form.
Dewey Decimal Classification:400 Sprache / 400 Sprache, Linguistik
Leibniz-Classification:Sprache, Linguistik
Linguistics-Classification:Grammatikforschung
Linguistics-Classification:Semantik
Open Access?:Ja
Licence (German):Es gilt das UrhG