The rise of complex verb constructions in Germanic
Sponsored by the Swedish Research Council (2018-2021)
- Evie Coussé (Department of languages and literatures, Gothenburg), principal investigator
- Gerlof Bouma (Språkbanken, Gothenburg)
- Nicoline van der Sijs (Meertensinstituut, Amsterdam)
- Dirk-Jan de Kooter (Meertensinstituut, Amsterdam)
- Trude Dijkstra (Meertensinstituut, Amsterdam)
The project is situated in the field of historical linguistics. It addresses an understudied case of language change: the rise of complex verb constructions in Germanic. This development is present in all Germanic languages, yet the exact outcome of the change is different for each individual language, leading to cross-linguistic variation. The project aims to increase our factual knowledge of the rise of complex verb constructions in Germanic, with an empirical focus on English, Dutch, German and Swedish. It also aims to enhance our understanding of the process of ‘constructional complexification’ which is hypothesized to lie behind the rise of complex verb constructions. The project investigates both language internal and external motivations and mechanisms of complexification combining the frameworks of diachronic construction grammarand comparative linguists. Methodologically, it introduces the use of parallel corpora in historical linguistics, compiling a multilingual parallel corpus of historical Bible translations, which will be made available for other diachronic research after the completion of the project.
EDGeS Diachronic Bible Corpus
The have compile the EDGeS Diachronic Bible Corpus, a synchronically and diachronically parallel corpus of Bible translations in English, Dutch, German and Swedish, spanning six and a half centuries. You can read more about this corpus in our LREC paper:
- Bouma, Coussé, Dijkstra & Van der Sijs, 2020, The EDGeS Diachronic Bible Corpus, Proc 12th Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC 2020), pp5232–5239
The EDGeS corpus is available in two ways:
- The complete collection is available through Opus (links to main page, not to the EDGeS corpus). Because this contains material under copyright, access to the corpus search facilities is password protected. Please contact us to get access.
- A subset of the material, called OpenEDGeS, has been made available for download under a public license (CC BY-NC-SA). OpenEDGeS is available through Språkbankens resource infrastructure.
Evie Coussé & Gerlof Bouma (2019) The rise of complex verb constructions in Germanic. A project sketch. Talk for Research Area Linguistic Structures. Göteborg (Sweden), 28 November 2019.
Gerlof Bouma, Evie Coussé, Dirk-Jan de Kooter & Nicoline van der Sijs (2019) Building a Diachronic and Contrastive Parallel Corpus. Poster at Digital Humanities Conference 2019. Utrecht (The Netherlands), 9-12 July 2019.
Evie Coussé (2019) Swedish funding for Dutch historical linguistics. Talk at the Gent-Lancaster Grammar Workshop. Gent (Belgium), 10 May 2019.
Evie Coussé (2019) The rise of complex verb constructions in Germanic. A project sketch. Talk for the Ghent University Research Group on Linguistic Meaning & Structure (GLMIS) & Diachronic and Diatopic Linguistics Research Group (DiaLing). Gent (Belgium). 26 April 2019.
Evie Coussé & Nicoline van der Sijs (2019) The rise of complex verb constructions in Germanic. A project sketch. Talk for the Taalcontact Research Meeting at Meertens Instituut. Amsterdam (The Netherlands). 8 April 2019.
Evie Coussé (2019) The rise of complex verb constructions in Germanic. A project sketch. Talk for the Quantitative Lexicology and Variational Linguistics (QLVL) Research Group. Leuven (Belgium). 3 April 2019.