Historical Syntax and Linguistic Theory

Hardcover | December 3, 2009

EditorPaola Crisma, Giuseppe Longobardi

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This book of new work by leading international scholars considers developments in the study of diachronic linguistics and linguistic theory, including those concerned with the very definition of language change in the biolinguistic framework, parametric change in a minimalist conception ofgrammar, the tension between the observed gradual nature of language change and the binary nature of parameters, and whether syntactic change can be triggered internally or requires the external stimuli produced by phonological or morphological change or through language contact. It then tests theirvalue and applicability by examining syntactic change at different times and in a wide range of languages, including German, Chinese, Dutch, Sanskrit, Egyptian, Norwegian, old Italian, Portuguese, English, the Benue-Kwa languages of Niger-Congo, Catalan, Spanish, and old French. The book is dividedinto three parts devoted to (i) theoretical issues in historical syntax; (ii) external (such as contact and interference) and internal (grammatical) sources of morphosynactic change; and (iii) parameter setting and reanalysis.

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This book of new work by leading international scholars considers developments in the study of diachronic linguistics and linguistic theory, including those concerned with the very definition of language change in the biolinguistic framework, parametric change in a minimalist conception ofgrammar, the tension between the observed gradu...

Paola Crisma studied in Venice, Geneva and Los Angeles and is currently Assistant Professor in English Linguistics at the University of Trieste, after teaching at Padua and being a Fulbright visiting scholar at MIT and UCLA. She has published on comparative syntax, syntax acquisition, and history of English. Giuseppe Longobardi ...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.1 inPublished:December 3, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Paola Crisma and Giuseppe Longobardi: Change, Relatedness, and Inertia in Historical SyntaxPart I: Theoretical Issues in Historical Syntax2. Edward L. Keenan: Linguistic Theory and the Historical Creation of English Reflexives3. Chris H. Reintges: Spontaneous Syntactic Change4. Theresa Biberauer and Ian Roberts: The Return of the Subset Principle5. Marit R. Westergaard: Many Small Catastrophes: Gradualism in a Microparametric PerspectivePart II: External and Internal Sources of Morphosyntaactic Change6. Elly van Gelderen: Feature Economy in the Linguistic Cycle7. Agnes Jager: Sources of Change in the German Syntax of Negation8. Katrin Axel: The Consolidation of Verb-Second in Old High German: What Role did Subject Pronouns Play?9. Ana Maria Martins and Jairo Nunes: Syntactic Change as Chain Reaction: The Emergence of Hyper-Raising in Brazilian Portuguese10. Juanito Avelar: On the Emergence of ter as an Existential Verb in Brazilian Portuguese11. Jaume Mateu: Gradience and Auxiliary Selection in Old Catalan and Old Spanish12. Redouane Djamouri and Waltraud Paul: Verb-to-Preposition Reanalysis in Chinese13. Heidi Quinn: Downward Reanalysis and the Rise of Stative HAVE GotPart III: Parameter Resetting and Reanalysis14. Edith Aldridge: The Old Chinese Determiner zhe15. Griet Coupe and Ans van Kemenade: Grammaticalization of Modals in Dutch: Uncontingent Change16. Alice Davison: Correlative Clause Features in Sanskrit and Hindi/Urdu17. Denis Delfitto and Paola Paradisi: For a Diachronic Theory of Genitive Assignment in Romance18. Kleanthes K. Grohmann and RIchard Ingham: Expletive pro and Misagreement in Late Middle English19. VIctor Manfredi: Morphosyntactic Parameters and the Internal Classification of Denue-Kwa (Niger-Congo)20. Eric Mathieu: On the Germanic Properties of Old French21. Akira Watanabe: A Parametric Shift in the D-system in Early Middle English: Relativization, Articles, Adjectival Inflection, and Indeterminates