Linguistic Universals and Language Change

Paperback | March 12, 2008

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This book looks at the relationship between linguistic universals and language change. Reflecting the resurgence of work in both fields over the last two decades, it addresses two related issues of central importance in linguistics: the balance between synchronic and diachronic factors inaccounting for universals of linguistic structure, and the means of distinguishing genuine aspects of a universal human cognitive capacity for language from regularities that may be traced to extraneous origins. The volume brings together specially commissioned work by leading scholars, including prominent representatives of generative and functional linguistics. It examines rival explanations for linguistic universals and assesses the effectiveness of competing models of language change. The authorsinvestigate patterns and processes of grammatical and lexical change across a wide range of languages; they consider the degree to which common characteristics condition processes of change in related languages; and examine how far differences in linguistic outcomes may be explained by cultural orexternal factors. This book will interest the wide range of scholars in linguistics and related fields concerned with language change, historical linguistics, linguistic typology and universals, and the nature of the human language faculty

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This book looks at the relationship between linguistic universals and language change. Reflecting the resurgence of work in both fields over the last two decades, it addresses two related issues of central importance in linguistics: the balance between synchronic and diachronic factors inaccounting for universals of linguistic structur...

Jeff Good is Assistant Professor in the Department of Linguistics at the University at Buffalo. He was previously a senior research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig. He has examined the relationship between grammatical patterns and language change in diverse languages, including Chechen, Sara...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 0.79 inPublished:March 12, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Jeff Good: IntroductionPart I Universals and Change: General Perspectives2. Paul Kiparsky: Universals Constrain Change; Change Results in Typological Generalizations3. Alice C. Harris: On the Explanation of Typologically Unusual StructuresPart II Phonological Universals: Variation, Change, and Structure4. Juliette Blevins: Consonant Epenthesis: Natural and Unnatural Histories5. Joan L. Bybee: Formal Universals as Emergent Phenomena: The Origins of Structure PreservationPart III Morphological Relationships: The Shape of Paradigms6. Andrew Garrett: Paradigmatic Uniformity and Markedness7. Adam Albright: Explaining Universal Tendencies and Language Particulars in Analogical ChangePart IV Morphosyntactic Patterns: The Form of Grammatical Markers8. Martin Haspelmath: Creating Economical Morphosyntactic Patterns in Language Change9. Tania Kuteva and Bernd Heine: On the Explanatory Value of GrammaticalizationPart V Phrase Structure: Modelling the Development of Syntactic Constructions10. John Whitman: The Classification of Constituent Order Generalizations and Diachronic Explanation11. Paul J. Hopper: Emergent Serialization in English: Pragmatics and TypologyPart VI Conclusion12. Johanna Nichols: Universals and Diachrony: Some ObservationsReferencesIndex