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Time Over Matter: Diachronic Perspectives on Morphosyntax (Studies in Constraint-Based Lexicalism)

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Historical linguistics concerns itself with how the modern languages we speak today came to be the way they are. The book presents, for the first time, a collection of work done in historical linguistics from the perspective of Lexical-Functional Grammar (LFG), a lexical unification-based theory. The problems tackled are representative of the field of historical linguistics in general however, this volumes stands apart through the number and type of languages surveyed. In addition to presenting new approaches to data from much studied languages like Italian and English, the book introduces issues in the diachronic development of less well studied languages, including Pennsylvania Dutch, the South Asian language Urdu/Hindi, and the Australian languages Warlpiri and Warumungu.<P>The papers in this collection use LFG to examine morphosyntactic diachronic developments in a variety of typologically diverse languages. This perspective allows for a fresh look at phenomena which have been the subject of much attention within historical linguistics: the development or shift of case marking systems, the rise of auxiliaries, the origins of complex predication involving verb particles or light verbs, and the formation of complementizers.

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Table of Contents

Contributors

Preface and Acknowledgements

1. LFG as a Model of Syntactic Change

Nigel Vincent

2. The Development of a New Passive in English

Cynthia Allen

3. Perception and Raising Verbs: Synchronic and Diachronic Relationships

Julia Barron

4. A Reexamination of the Accusative to Ergative Shift in Indo-Aryan

Miriam Butt

5. Representation and Variation: On the Development of Romance Auxiliary Syntax

Christoph Schwarze

6. Preferred Word Order and the Grammaticalization of Associated Path

Jane Simpson

7. Language Change, Lexical Features and Finnish Possessors

Ida Toivonen

Subject Index

Name Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9781575862828
Editor:
Butt, Miriam; King, Tracy Holloway
Editor:
King, Tracy Holloway
Editor:
King, Tracy Holloway
Editor:
Butt, Miriam; King, Tracy Holloway
Editor:
Butt, Miriam
Author:
Butt, Miriam
Author:
King, Tracy Holloway
Publisher:
Center for the Study of Language and Informat
Location:
Stanford, Calif.
Subject:
Grammar
Subject:
Linguistics
Subject:
Grammar, Comparative and general
Subject:
Sociolinguistics
Subject:
Linguistic change
Subject:
Changement linguistique
Subject:
Morphosyntaxe
Subject:
Grammar & Punctuation
Subject:
Linguistics - General
Subject:
Reference-Grammar and Style
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Center for the Study of Language and Information - Lecture Notes
Series Volume:
1219-01
Publication Date:
20010331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Pages:
200
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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