Information Structure and Syntactic Change in the History of English

Hardcover | July 25, 2012

byAnneli Meurman-Solin, Maria Jose Lopez-Couso, Bettelou Los

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Information Structure and Syntactic Change in the History of English is the first book to apply information structure as it relates to language change to a corpus-based analysis of a wide range of features in the evolution of English syntax and grammars of prose in long diachrony. Its unifyingtopic is the role of information structure, broadly conceived, as it interacts with the other levels of linguistic description, syntax, morphology, prosody, semantics and pragmatics. The volume comprises twelve chapters by leading scholars who take a variety of theoretical and methodologicalapproaches. Their work affirms, among other things, that motivations for selecting a particular syntactic option vary from information structure in the strict sense to discourse organization, or a particular style or register, and can also be associated with external forces such as the developmentof a literary culture.

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Information Structure and Syntactic Change in the History of English is the first book to apply information structure as it relates to language change to a corpus-based analysis of a wide range of features in the evolution of English syntax and grammars of prose in long diachrony. Its unifyingtopic is the role of information structure,...

Anneli Meurman-Solin is Senior Researcher in English Historical Linguistics at the University of Helsinki.Maria Jose Lopez-Couso is Senior Lecturer in English Linguistics at the Universidad de Santiago de Compostela.Bettelou Los is Senior Lecturer in English Linguistics at Radboud University Nijmegen.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:528 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:July 25, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Bettelou Los, Mar!a Jos. Lcpez-Couso, and Anneli Meurman-Solin: On the Interplay of Syntax and Information Structure: Synchronic and Diachronic Considerations2. Bettelou Los: The Loss of Verb-Second and the Switch from Bounded to Unbounded Systems3. Ann Taylor and Susan Pintzuk: The Effect of Information Structure on Object Position in Old English: A Pilot Study4. Kristin Bech: Word Order, Information Structure and Discourse Relations: A Study of Old and Middle English Verb-Final Clauses5. Ans van Kemenade and Marit Westergaard: Syntax and Information Structure: Verb-Second Variation in Middle English6. Javier P.rez-Guerra: Discourse Status and Syntax in the History of English: Some Explorations in Topicalization, Left-Dislocation and there-constructions7. Elena Seoane: Givenness and Word Order: A Study of Long Passives from Early Modern English to Present-Day English8. Anneli Meurman-Solin: The Connectives And, For, But, and Only as Clause and Discourse Type Indicators in 16th- and 17th-Century Epistolary Prose9. An Van linden and Kristin Davidse: The Role of the Accessibility of the Subject in the Development of Adjectival Complementation from Old English to Present-Day English10. Olga Timofeeva: Latin Absolute Constructions and Their Old English Equivalents: Interfaces between Form and Information Structure11. Cynthia Allen: Why a Determiner? The Possessive + Determiner + Adjective Construction in Old English12. Tine Breban: Functional shifts and the Development of English Determiners13. Turo Vartiainen: The Proximal and Distal Perspectives in Relation to the Position of Directional Modifiers in the English Noun Phrase