The volume argues for the use of multi-methodological strategies in linguistic research. In its lead chapter, in addition, the thorny issue of phenomenological pluralism is explored in detail. From a usage-based perspective, the individual chapters demonstrate methodological pluralism in the investigation of meaning, language acquisition, and discourse. The chapters report on studies in which the use of corpus data is combined with other methodological tools, e.g. experimentally elicited findings, showing how introspection and the analysis of performance data go hand in hand to provide empirical support for researchers' hypotheses. Some of the authors inspire the discussion in usage-based linguistics, proposing innovative methods of analysis. Others adopt such methods and combine them in original ways. The cutting-edge studies presented in this volume should be of great interest to scholars and students of cognitive and corpus linguistics who want to familiarize themselves with recent methodological advances and their applications in the field.
1. Contributors; 2. Preface; 3. Introduction: On evidence and the convergence of evidence in linguistic research (by Schonefeld, Doris); 4. Issues in collecting converging evidence: Is metaphor always a matter of thought? (by Steen, Gerard J.); 5. Part 1. Multi-methodological approaches to constructional and idiomatic meaning; 6. 1.1. Cognition verb constructions; 7. Perception and conception: The 'see x to be y' construction from a cognitive perspective (by Egan, Thomas); 8. Explaining diverging evidence: The case of clause-initial I think (by Kaltenbock, Gunther); 9. 1.2. Constructional alternatives; 10. I am about to die vs. I am going to die: A usage-based comparison between two future-indicating constructions (by Hoche, Silke); 11. Studying syntactic priming in corpora: Implications of different levels of granularity (by Gries, Stefan Th.); 12. Islands of (im)productivity in corpus data and acceptability judgments: Contrasting two potentiality constructions in Dutch (by Backus, Ad); 13. 1.3. Idioms and creative language use; 14. Compositional and embodied meanings of somatisms: A corpus-based approach to phraseologisms (by Ziem, Alexander); 15. Word-formation patterns in a cross-linguistic perspective: Testing predictions for novel object naming in Hungarian and German (by Borgwaldt, Susanne R.); 16. Part 2. Multi-methodological approaches to language acquisition; 17. The interaction of function and input frequency in L1-acquisition: The case of was...fur 'what kind of...' questions in German (by Steinkrauss, Rasmus); 18. Relative clause acquisition and representation: Evidence from spontaneous speech, sentence repetition, and comprehension (by Brandt, Silke); 19. Converging evidence in the typology of motion events: A corpus-based approach to interlanguage (by Reshoft, Nina); 20. Part 3. Multi-methodological approaches to the study of discourse; 21. Differences in the use of emotion metaphors in expert-lay communication: Converging evidence from two complementary studies (by Beger, Anke); 22. Index