Current research interests
I am interested in language change, especially in the domain of (cognitive) mechanisms underlying linguistic change. I focus on cognitive linguistic models of language structure, particularly the theoretical framework of Diachronic Construction Grammar (DCxG). My current research is concerned with the notion of 'reinforcement' in historical/diachronic linguistics and its relation to grammaticalization theory as well as other related notions such as reduplication, redundant marking, intensification, extravagance, etc.
Other areas of interest include: language variation and the interplay between variation and change, cognitive sociolinguistics, other cognitive-linguistic models of grammar, dialectology and non-standard language, (experimental) pragmatics
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