Paradigms regained: Theoretical and empirical arguments for the reassessment of the notion of paradigm

Gabriele Diewald   Katja Politt  


The volume discusses the breadth of applications for an extended notion of paradigm. Paradigms in this sense are not only tools of morphological description but constitute the inherent structure of grammar. Grammatical paradigms are structural sets forming holistic, semiotic structures with an informational value of their own. We argue that as such, paradigms are a part of speaker knowledge and provide necessary structuring for grammaticalization processes. The papers discuss theoretical as well as conceptual questions and explore different domains of grammatical phenomena, ranging from grammaticalization, morphology, and cognitive semantics to modality, aiming to illustrate what the concept of grammatical paradigms can and cannot (yet) explain.


  • Paradigms regained
    Gabriele Diewald, Katja Politt
  • Paradigms of paradigms
    Henning Andersen
  • Formalizing paradigms in Construction Grammar
    Jaakko Leino
  • No paradigms without classification
    How stem-derivation develops into grammatical aspect
    Björn Wiemer
  • Recursion and paradigms
    Tabea Reiner
  • Redundant indexicality and paradigmatic reorganisations in the Middle Danish case system
    Bjarne Simmelkjær Sandgaard Hansen
  • The semantic reorganisation of case paradigms and word order paradigms in the history of Danish
    Lars Heltoft
  • The Dutch modals, a paradigm?
    Jan Nuyts, Wim Caers, Henri-Joseph Goelen
  • Grammaticalisation, schematisation and paradigmaticisation
    How they intersect in the development of German degree modifiers
    Jakob Neels, Stefan Hartmann
  • Generics as a paradigm
    A corpus-based study of Norwegian
    Anna Kurek-Przybilski
  • The importance of paradigmatic analyses
    From one lexical input into multiple grammatical paradigms
    Kirsten Jeppesen Kragh



Gabriele Diewald

Gabriele Diewald is professor of German linguistics at Leibniz Universität Hannover. She studied German and English at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg and the University of Canterbury, Kent (1988). She received her PhD in German linguistics (1990) and her postdoctoral degree (Habilitation) in German linguistics (1998) at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg. Her main areas of research are grammatical categories, verbal constructions, modal particles, gender-neutral language, and grammaticalization.

Katja Politt

Katja Politt is a postdoc at Leibniz Universität Hannover, where she also completed her PhD (2021). She studied German and English linguistics (M.A.) and teacher training for German and English (M.Ed.) at Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster. Her main areas of research are grammatical categories and paradigms, categorization, and verbal constructions.

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January 24, 2022
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Diewald, Gabriele & Politt, Katja (eds.). 2022. Paradigms regained: Theoretical and empirical arguments for the reassessment of the notion of paradigm. (Empirically Oriented Theoretical Morphology and Syntax 10). Berlin: Language Science Press. DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.5506578


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