Université de Neuchâtel

Measurements of grammaticalization : developing a quantitative index for the study of grammatical change

Correia Saavedra, David ; Hilpert, Martin (Dir.) ; Petré, Peter (Codir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Université de Neuchâtel, 2019.

There is a broad consensus that grammaticalization is a process that is gradual and largely unidirectional: lexical elements acquire grammatical functions, and grammatical elements can undergo further grammaticalization (Hopper and Traugott 2003). This consensus is based on substantial cross-linguistic evidence. While most existing studies present qualitative evidence, this dissertation discusses...

Université de Neuchâtel

Der Erwerb von es-Konstruktionen durch spanischsprachige Deutschlernende

Fahrner, Annette ; Hilpert, Martin (Dir.) ; Jacob, Daniel, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg i. Brisgau (Codir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Université de Neuchâtel, 2017.

This dissertation lies in the field of Second Language Acquisition (SLA) and contrastive analysis. It investigates how adult Spanish learners of German as a foreign language acquire constructions with the German pronoun “es” (Engl. “it”). The theoretical framework is Construction Grammar (CxG) and the usage-based approach. The general hypothesis is the following: Spanish learners of...