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Grammatical Change: Origins, Nature, Outcomes

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This book advances research on grammatical change and shows the breadth and liveliness of the field. Leading international scholars report and reflect on the latest research into the nature and outcomes of all aspects of syntactic change including grammaticalization, variation, complementation, syntactic movement, determiner-phrase syntax, pronominal systems, case systems, negation, and alignment. The authors deploy a variety of generative frameworks, including minimalist and optimality theoretic, and bring these to bear on a wide range of languages: among the latter are typologically distinct examples from Germanic, Romance, Slavic, Greek, Korean and Japanese, Austronesian, Celtic, and Nahuatl. They draw on sociolinguistic evidence where appropriate. Taken as a whole, the volume provides a stimulating overview of key current issues in the investigation of the origins, nature, and outcome of syntactic change.

About the Author

Dianne Jonas is currently replacement professor of English Linguistics at Goethe University, Frankfurt. Her main research interests are comparative Scandinavian syntax, Icelandic and Faroese in particular, syntactic variation and change, and dialect syntax (Shetland Dialect and Norfuk English).

John Whitman is Professor of Linguistics at Cornell University. He works on structural variation among languages, with a focus on the languages of East Asia: Japanese, Korean, and Chinese, in that order, in addition to a more recent interest in Burmese and Karen languages. Recent projects have been on the syntactic alignment of Old Japanese (with Yuko Yanagida), the structure of applicatives, and the long-vexed question of the word order typology of Old Chinese and proto-Sino-Tibetan (with Redouane Djamouri and Waltraud Paul).

Andrew Garrett is Professor of Linguistics at the University of California, Berkeley, where he also serves as Director of the Survey of California and Other Indian Languages. In historical linguistics he has published on general topics in sound change and morphological change as well as the dialectology, diversification, and prehistory of Yurok (an Algic language of California) and Western Numic (Uto-Aztecan), the dialectology and diachronic syntax of English, and the syntax and morphology of Anatolian, Greek, and Latin.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction, John Whitman, Dianne Jonas, and Andrew Garrett

Part 1: Grammaticalization and Directionality of Change

2. Grammaticalization as Optimization, Paul Kiparsky

3. The Historical Syntax Problem: Reanalysis and Directionality, Andrew Garrett

4. Grammaticalization of ser and estar in Romance, Montse Batllori and Francesc Roca

5. A Minimalist Approach to Jespersen's Cycle in Welsh, David Willis

Part 2: Change in the Nominal Domain: Internal and External Factors

6. A New Perspective on the Historical Development of English Intensifiers and Reflexives, Uffe Bergeton and Roumyana Pancheva

7. Language Contact and Linguistic Complexity - The Rise of the Reflexive Pronoun zich in a 15th Century Netherlands' Border Dialect, Gertjan Postma

8. An Article Evolving: The Case of Old Bulgarian, Mila Dimitrova-Vulchanova and Valentin Vulchanov

9. Parametric Changes in the History of the Greek Article, Christina Guardiano

10. Triggering Syntactic Change: Inertia and Local Causes in the History of English Genitives, Paola Chrisma

Part 3: Change in the Clausal Domain: Cues, Triggers, and Articulation

11. Revisting Verb (Projection) Raising in Old English, Eric Haeberli and Susan Pintzuk

12. Syntax and Discourse in Old English and Middle Word Order, Ans van Kemenade and Tanja Milicev

13. Subjects in Early English: Syntactic Change as Gradual Constraint Reranking, Brady Clark

14. Coordination, Gapping, and the Portuguese Inflected Infinitive: The Role of Structural Ambiguity in Syntactic Change, Ana Maria Martins

15. Neg Movement in the History of Norwegian: The Evolution of a Grammatical Virus, John Sundquist

Part 4: Morphosyntactic Change and Language Type

16. On the Gradual Development of Polysynthesis in Nahuatl, Jason Haugen

17. Antipassive in Austronesian Alignment Changeg, Edith Aldridge

References

Acknowledgements

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780199582624
Author:
Jonas, Dianne
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
null, Dianne
Author:
Whitman, John
Author:
null, Andrew
Author:
Garrett, Andrew
Author:
null, John
Subject:
Linguistics
Subject:
Linguistics | Theoretical
Subject:
Descriptive Linguistics
Subject:
Linguistics | Theoretical & Descriptive Linguistics
Subject:
Linguistics - General
Publication Date:
20120131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
38 Tables, 17 Figures
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
6.5 x 9.3 x 1.2 in 1.656 lb

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History and Social Science » Linguistics » General
History and Social Science » Linguistics » Specific Languages and Groups
Reference » Grammar and Style
Reference » Grammar and Usage
Reference » Words Phrases and Language
Science and Mathematics » Physics » General

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