Diachronic Syntax: Models and Mechanisms by Susan PintzukDiachronic Syntax: Models and Mechanisms by Susan Pintzuk

Diachronic Syntax: Models and Mechanisms

EditorSusan Pintzuk, George Tsoulas, Anthony Warner

Paperback | February 1, 2001

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This collection of new writing on grammatical change advances research in the field and shows its breadth and liveliness. The study of how and why syntax changes occupies a pivotal position in research into the nature, use, and acquisition of language. It is responsive to theoretical advancesin linguistic theory, language acquisition, and theories of language use as well as to less adjacent fields such as statistical techniques and evolutionary biology. Chomsky's Minimalist Programme and Kayne's theories of antisymmetry and overt movement have brought into sharper focus questionsconcerning the architecture of linguistic theory, and this has had a direct impact on the understanding of the processes of change. Optimality Theory has also begun to raise new questions as it is applied to syntax and historical change. The sociolinguistic causes and consequences of syntacticchange have also become newly prominent. These are among the many issues and themes discussed and explored by the authors. The book's fourteen chapters exemplify work in a wide range of languages, including Germanic (Icelandic and Swedish, as well as Old and Middle English); Romance (Latin, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish); Slavonic; and Chinese. A substantial introduction provides a critical synthesis of the field andsets the following chapters in context. The book is then divided into parts dealing with theoretical frameworks, comparative change, features and categories, and movement. The single collated bibliography to the entire volume is a valuable research tool in itself.Diachronic Syntax is innovative in both theory and method and makes a substantial contribution to its subject. It will be of interest to all those concerned to understand and explain the internal dynamics of language.
Susan Pintzuk is Lecturer in Linguistics at the University of York. She has research interests in syntactic variation and change in the history of English and other Germanic languages. She is currently working on a research project on the syntax of Old English poetry and (with Anthony Warner and Ann Taylor) the York-Helsinki Parsed Co...
Title:Diachronic Syntax: Models and MechanismsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:392 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.83 inPublished:February 1, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Susan Pintzuk, George Tsoulas, and Anthony Warner: Syntactic Change: Theory and MethodPart I: Frameworks for the Understanding of Change2. Nigel Vincent: Competition and Correspondence in Syntactic Change: Null Arguments in Latin and Romance3. Ans van Kemenade: Jespersen's Cycle Revisited: Formal Properties of Grammaticalization4. Ted Briscoe: Evolutionary Perspectives on Diachronic SyntaxPart II: The Comparative Basis of Diachronic Syntax5. Eric Haeberli: Adjuncts and the Syntax of Subjects in Old and Middle English6. Anthony Kroch and Ann Taylor: Verb-Object Order in Early Middle English7. Alexander Williams: Null Subjects in Middle English ExistentialsPart III: Mechanisms of Syntactic Change8. Ana Maria Martins: Polarity Items in Romance: Underspecification and Lexical Change9. John Whitman: Relabelling10. Montse Batllori and Francesc Roca: The Value of Definite Determiners from Old Spanish to Modern Spanish11. Lars-Olof Delsing: From OV to VO in Swedish12. Chung-hye Han: The Evolution of Do-Support in English Imperatives13. Thorbjorg Hroarsdottir: Interacting Movements in the History of Icelandic14. David Willis: Verb Movement in Slavonic Conditionals

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`Review from hardback edition... provides an excellent survey of recent developments in the field ... The editors have assembled a collection of very substantial papers in which extensive databases, sophisticated statistical analyses, and clever theoretical interpretations are abundantly present.'Journal of Linguistics