Grammatical Change: Origins, Nature, Outcomes

Hardcover | December 24, 2011

EditorDianne Jonas, John Whitman, Andrew Garrett

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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 aretypologically 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 theorigins, nature, and outcome of syntactic change.

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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 synt...

Dianne Jonas (PhD Harvard University 1997) 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 Whitm...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:368 pagesPublished:December 24, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. John Whitman, Dianne Jonas, and Andrew Garrett: IntroductionPart 1: Grammaticalization and Directionality of Change2. Paul Kiparsky: Grammaticalization as Optimization3. Andrew Garrett: The Historical Syntax Problem: Reanalysis and Directionality4. Montse Batllori and Francesc Roca: Grammaticalization of ser and estar in Romance5. David Willis: A Minimalist Approach to Jespersen's Cycle in WelshPart 2: Change in the Nominal Domain: Internal and External Factors6. Uffe Bergeton and Roumyana Pancheva: A New Perspective on the Historical Development of English Intensifiers and Reflexives7. Gertjan Postma: Language Contact and Linguistic Complexity - The Rise of the Reflexive Pronoun zich in a 15th Century netherlands' Border Dialect8. Mila Dimitrova-Vulchanova and Valentin Vulchanov: An Article Evolving: The Case of Old Bulgarian9. Christina Guardiano: Parametric Changes in the History of the Greek Article10. Paola Chrisma: Triggering Syntactic Change: Inertia and Local Causes in the History of English GenitivesPart 3: Change in the Clausal Domain: Cues, Triggers, and Articulation11. Eric Haeberli and Susan Pintzuk: Revisting Verb (Projection) Raising in Old English12. Ans van Kemenade and Tanja Milicev: Syntax and Discourse in Old English and Middle Word Order13. Brady Clark: Subjects in Early English: Syntactic Change as Gradual Constraint Reranking14. Ana Maria Martins: Coordination, Gapping, and the Portuguese Inflected Infinitive: The Role of Structural Ambiguity in Syntactic Change15. John Sundquist: Neg Movement in the History of Norwegian: The Evolution of a Grammatical VirusPart 4: Morphosyntactic Change and Language Type16. Jason Haugen: On the Gradual Development of Polysynthesis in Nahuatl17. Edith Aldridge: Antipassive in Austronesian Alignment ChangegReferencesAcknowledgementsIndex