'A rigorous and lucidly-written application of quantitative corpus linguistics to language change from the perspective of Construction Grammar, this book is a must-read for anyone interested in historical linguistics.' Stefan Th. Gries, University of California, Santa Barbara
'Hilpert's scholarly, engaging monograph is essential reading for those working in historical and cognitive linguistics. The compelling arguments and the quantitative methodology adopted establish new directions for related research.' Graeme Trousdale, University of Edinburgh
'Hilpert's study is a milestone in the historical linguistics of English. Maintaining due respect for the philological tradition, the author breaks new ground in methodology, through the application of sophisticated corpus-statistical tools (some of them developed by himself), and in theory, through demonstrating how construction grammar helps us understand diachronic processes.' Christian Mair, University of Freiburg
Is construction grammar a useful framework for the study of language change? Hilpert combines the current linguistic theory of construction grammar with advanced corpus-based methodology in order to study language change in a new way. This new perspective has wide-ranging consequences for the way historical linguists think about language change.