Dr Willem Hollmann

Senior Lecturer

Research Interests

My research mainly falls into three "strands" (where I use scare quotes to signal that these strands aren't completely separate but overlap to quite a large extent):

  • Cognitive-typological linguistic theory and methodology. I am interested in investigating the scope and limits of the cognitive-typological view of language (especially grammar and semantics, which on this view are very much intertwined), and its associated methodologies (prominently including corpus linguistics). I'm a board member of the UK Cognitive Linguistics Association.
  • Language change and the history of English. I have an active research interest in mechanisms of change, both language-internal (roughly speaking, grammaticalisation) and external (social factors). My research focuses especially on change in English, but that's not so much because of any special interest in this language -- instead, it's mainly because of the excellent availability of historical data.
  • Dialect grammar, particularly of Lancashire dialect. I'm interested in dialect grammar, and do research especially on Lancashire dialect. I don't describe the dialect just for the sake of it -- rather, I try to demonstrate how non-standard language data may, and should, be used to inform linguistic theory at large (which over the course of the history of the discipline has been somewhat preoccupied with standard varieties), including its research methods. Conversely, I also show that traditional dialectology and sociolinguistics may benefit from a stronger interface with advances in (cognitive-typological) theoretical linguistics. This places some of my research within the area of "cognitive sociolinguistics" that has recently been emerging at the interface of these two fields.

In addition to these areas, I also have an active interest in forensic linguistics -- especially the study of linguistic cues to deception. In this relation I am particularly interested in the possibility that current theories, which have often been suggested by psychologists, might be refined from a theoretical linguistic point of view.

Papers, chapters, reviews, and my PhD thesis can be downloaded here:

Papers in refereed journals:

Chapters in edited volumes:

  • 2014. Hollmann, Willem B. Word classes: Towards a more comprehensive usage-based account. In Nikolas Gisborne & Willem B. Hollmann (eds.), Theory and data in cognitive linguistics, 211-238. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjmamins. [reprint of 2012]
  • 2013. Hollmann, Willem B. Constructions in cognitive sociolinguistics. In Thomas Hoffmann and Graeme Trousdale (eds.), The Oxford handbook of construction grammar, 491-509. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • 2010. Croft, William, Johanna Barddal, Willem B. Hollmann, Violeta Sotirova, and Chiaki Taoka. Revising Talmy's typological classification of complex events. In Hans C. Boas (ed.), Contrastive construction grammar, 201-236. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
  • 2009a. Willem B. Semantic change. In Jonathan Culpeper, Francis Katamba, Paul Kerswill, and Tony McEnery (eds.), English language: description, variation and context, 301-313. Basingstoke: Palgrave.
  • 2009b. Hollmann, Willem B. Grammatical change. In Jonathan Culpeper, Francis Katamba, Paul Kerswill, and Tony McEnery (eds.), English language: description, variation and context, 314-333. Basingstoke: Palgrave.
  • 2007. Siewierska, Anna and Willem B. Hollmann. Ditransitive clauses in English with special reference to Lancashire dialect. In Mike Hannay and Gerard J. Steen (eds.), Structural-functional studies in English grammar, 83-102. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins.
  • 2006. Hollmann, Willem B. Passivisability of English periphrastic causatives. In Stefan Th. Gries and Anatol Stefanowitsch (eds.), Corpora in cognitive linguistics: corpus-based approaches to syntax and lexis, 193-223. Berlin/New York: Mouton de Gruyter.
  • 2004. Hollmann, Willem B. The iconicity of complementation in Present-day English causatives. In Constantino Maeder, Olga Fischer,and William J. Herlofsky (eds.), Outside-in - inside-out. Iconicity in language and literature Vol. 4, 287-306. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins.

Edited volumes:

PhD thesis:

Other:

  • I reviewed 5 books on language change, grammar, and variation in the English language for the Times Higher Education textbook guide 22 May 2008. The books were Aarts, Bas (2007) Syntactic gradience: the nature of grammatical indeterminacy; Britain, David, ed. (2007) Language in the British isles; Carnie, Andrew (2007) Constituent structure; Denison, David & Richard M. Hogg, eds. (2006) A history of the English language; Heine, Bernd & Tania Kuteva (2007) The genesis of grammar: a reconstruction. The reviews can be downloaded here.

Nouns and verbs in cognitive grammar: where is the 'sound' evidence?
Hollmann, W. 23/04/2013 In: Cognitive Linguistics. 24, 2, p. 275-308. 34 p.
Journal article

Constructions in cognitive sociolinguistics
Hollmann, W. 2013 In: The Oxford Handbook of Construction Grammar. Oxford : Oxford University Press p. 491-509. 19 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Sources of BET
Ponsford, D., Hollmann, W., Siewierska, A. 2013 In: Functions of Language. 20, 1, p. 90-124. 35 p.
Journal article

Theory and data in cognitive linguistics
Gisborne, N., Hollmann, W. 2012 In: Studies in Language. 36, 3, 258 p.
Special issue

Theory and data in cognitive linguistics
Gisborne, N., Hollmann, W. 2012 In: Studies in Language. 36, 3, 14 p.
Editorial

Word classes: towards a more comprehensive usage-based account
Hollmann, W. 2012 In: Studies in Language. 36, 3, p. 671-698. 28 p.
Journal article

The status of frequency, schemas, and identity in Cognitive Sociolinguistics: A case study on definite article reduction
Hollmann, W., Siewierska, A. 05/2011 In: Cognitive Linguistics. 22, 1, p. 25-54. 30 p.
Journal article

Revising Talmy’s typological classification of complex event constructions
Hollmann, W., Croft, W., Barddal, J., Sotirova, V., Taoka, C. 2010 In: Contrastive studies in construction grammar. Amsterdam : John Benjamins p. 201-235. 35 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Do we need summary and sequential scanning in (Cognitive) grammar?
Broccias, C., Hollmann, W.B. 11/2007 In: Cognitive Linguistics. 18, 4, p. 487-522. 36 p.
Journal article

A construction grammar account of possessive constructions in Lancashire dialect : some advantages and challenges.
Hollmann, W.B., Siewierska, A. 07/2007 In: English Language and Linguistics. 11, 2, p. 407-424. 18 p.
Journal article

Ditransitive clauses in English with special reference to Lancashire dialect.
Siewierska, A., Hollmann, W.B. 2007 In: Structural-functional studies in English grammar : in honour of Lachlan Mackenzie. Amsterdam : John Benjamins p. 83-102. 20 p. ISBN: 9789027230935.
Chapter

Ditransitive constructions
Siewierska, A., Hollmann, W. 2007 Amsterdam : John Benjamins. 171 p. ISBN: ISNN 0929998X.
Book

From language-specific constraints to implicational universals: a cognitive-typological view of the dative alternation.
Hollmann, W.B. 2007 In: Functions of Language. 14, 1, p. 57-78. 22 p.
Journal article

Corpora and (the need for) other methods in a study of Lancashire dialect.
Hollmann, W.B., Siewierska, A. 2006 In: Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik. 54, 2, p. 203-216. 14 p.
Journal article

Passivisability of English periphrastic causatives.
Hollmann, W.B. 2006 In: Corpora in cognitive linguistics: corpus-based approaches to syntax and lexis. Berlin : Mouton de Gruyter p. 193-223. 31 p. ISBN: 9783110186055.
Chapter

The iconicity of complementation in Present-day English causatives.
Hollmann, W.B. 2005 In: Outside-in - inside-out : Iconicity in language and literature 4. Amsterdam : John Benjamins p. 287-306. 20 p. ISBN: 9027232253.
Chapter