Micro-change and Macro-change in Diachronic Syntax by Eric MathieuMicro-change and Macro-change in Diachronic Syntax by Eric Mathieu

Micro-change and Macro-change in Diachronic Syntax

EditorEric Mathieu, Robert Truswell

Hardcover | August 5, 2017

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The chapters in this volume address the process of syntactic change at different granularities. The language-particular component of a grammar is now usually assumed to be nothing more than the specification of the grammatical properties of a set of lexical items. Accordingly, grammar changemust reduce to lexical change. And yet these micro-changes can cumulatively alter the typological character of a language (a macro-change). A central puzzle in diachronic syntax is how to relate macro-changes to micro-changes. Several chapters in this volume describe specific micro-changes: changesin the syntactic properties of a particular lexical item or class of lexical items. Other chapters explore links between micro-change and macro-change, using devices such as grammar competition at the individual and population level, recurring diachronic pathways, and links between acquisitionbiases and diachronic processes. This book is therefore a great companion to the recent literature on the micro- versus macro-approaches to parameters in synchronic syntax. One of its important contributions is the demonstration of how much we can learn about synchronic linguistics through the way languages change: the case studiesincluded provide diachronic insight into many syntactic constructions that have been the target of extensive recent synchronic research, including tense, aspect, relative clauses, stylistic fronting, verb second, demonstratives, and negation. Languages discussed include several archaic andcontemporary Romance and Germanic varieties, as well as Greek, Hungarian, and Chinese, among many others.
Eric Mathieu is Associate Professor at the University of Ottawa. He completed his PhD in 2002 at University College London. His research focuses on Modern and Old French, and on the Algonquian language Ojibwe. His work has been published in a number of journals including Linguistic Inquiry, Natural Language and Linguistic Theory, Lingu...
Title:Micro-change and Macro-change in Diachronic SyntaxFormat:HardcoverDimensions:400 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0 inPublished:August 5, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Eric Mathieu and Robert Truswell: Micro-change and macro-change in diachronic syntax2. Ailis Cournane: In defence of the child innovator3. Nikolas Gisborne and Robert Truswell: Where do relative specifiers come from?4. John Whitman and Yohei Ono: Diachronic interpretations of word order parameter cohesion5. Katalin E. Kiss: The rise and fall of Hungarian complex tenses6. Gertjan Postma: Modelling transient states in language change7. Hezekiah Akiva Bacovcin: Modelling interactions between morphosyntactic changes8. Michelle Troberg and Heather Burnett: From Latin to Modern French: A punctuated shift9. Nikolaos Lavidas: Case in diachrony: Or, why Greek is not English10. Marie Labelle and Paul Hirschbuhler: Leftward Stylistic Displacement (LSD) in Medieval French11. Christine Meklenborg Salvesen and George Walkden: Diagnosing embedded V2 in Old English and Old French12. Caitlin Light: The pragmatics of demonstratives in Germanic13. Aaron Ecay and Meredith Tamminga: Persistence as a diagnostic of grammatical status: The case of Middle English negation14. Lieven Danckaert: The origins of the Romance analytic passive: Evidence from word order15. Sarah G. Courtney: Reconciling syntactic and post-syntactic complementizer agreement16. Lukasz Jedrzejowski: On the grammaticalization of temporal-aspectual heads: The case of German versprechen 'promise'