Language Change and Linguistic Theory: Volume I: Approaches, Methodology, and Sound Change, Volume…

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byD. Gary Miller

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This two volume work examines every aspect of language change and two centuries of linguistic approaches towards understanding it. The enterprise opens with a consideration of the nature of language and what constitutes language change. Gary Miller argues that a single overarching theory isinsufficient to encompass the protean mix of linguistic, social, political, and cognitive factors involved in linguistic diachrony. He analyses general processes of phonetic, phonological, morphological, and syntactic change, and explores their origins, causes, and effects. To support his analyses,he provides detailed case studies of such phenomena as the Middle English vowels, the history of English do, and development of the feminine gender in Indo-European. He offers a balanced approach to the effects of first language acquisition, describes general and specific processes includinggrammaticalization and creolization, and examines the role of differential rates of change in regional and dialectal variation. He reveals that several fundamental concepts in historical linguistics are much older than conventionally assumed. In its comprehensive approach and great linguistic andhistorical range, this is a contribution of enduring use and value to historical linguistics and linguistic theory. Volume I examines topics involving change in different components of the grammar from the perspectives of theory, acquisition, variation, and motivation. Gary Miller investigates traditional concerns, such as variation and lexical diffusion, and considers their impact on contemporary issues. Hediscusses the interaction of articulatory and perceptual factors, the implications of naturalness for expected changes, and the consequences of alterations of syllable timing for contemporary theory. The volume closes with a description of and motivations for vowel shifts.In Volume II, the focus turns to morphological and syntactic language changes. By most theoretical accounts, morphology is not autonomous, but interacts with at least three other domains: (i) phonology and perception, (ii) the lexicon / culture, and (iii) syntax. Having addressed the first of theseextensively in Volume I, Gary Miller illustrates the second with the rise of the feminine gender in Indo-European, and the third by documentation of the changes from Latin to Romance in the coding of reflexive, anticausative, middle, and passive. He shows how syntactic change is (micro)parametricand is typically motivated by changes in lexical features, including the numerous shifts from lexical to functional content as well as changes within functional categories. Finally, he considers the genesis of creole inflectional, derivational, and syntactic categories, involving the interaction ofcontact phenomena with morphological and syntactic change.

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This two volume work examines every aspect of language change and two centuries of linguistic approaches towards understanding it. The enterprise opens with a consideration of the nature of language and what constitutes language change. Gary Miller argues that a single overarching theory isinsufficient to encompass the protean mix of l...

Gary Miller is Professor Emeritus of Linguistics and Classics at the University of Florida. He received his PhD from Harvard in 1969, with a dissertation on Studies in Some Forms of the Genitive Singular in Indo-European. He is the author of some 45 articles on Indo-European, classical, and general linguistics. His books include Homer...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:1152 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.1 inPublished:September 26, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Volume I: Approaches, Methodology, and Sound Change1. How Language Change is Investigated2. Reconstructing Language History3. Building on the Tradition4. Analogy and Systematic Repair5. Motivations of Language Change6. Natural Processes7. Inverted Operations8. Denaturalized Phonetic Processes9. Tempo and Mora in Phonological Change10. Vowel Shifts and the Middle English VowelsVolumme II: Morphological, Syntactic, and Typological Change1. Word Order and Typology: Core Data2. Word Order in Theory and Change3. Grammaticalization4. Morphological Change5. The Feminine Gender in Indo-European6. Phrase Structure and Verb Classes7. The Mediopassive: Latin to Romance8. The History of English DO9. Syntactic Change10. The Development of Creole CategoriesSpecial Phonetic SymbolsPrimary Sources: Texts and EditionsConsolidated References for Volume I and IILanguage IndexSubject Index