Syntactic Change: A Minimalist Approach to Grammaticalization by Ian RobertsSyntactic Change: A Minimalist Approach to Grammaticalization by Ian Roberts

Syntactic Change: A Minimalist Approach to Grammaticalization

byIan Roberts, Anna Roussou

Paperback | June 19, 2008

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The phenomenon of grammaticalization--the historical process whereby new grammatical material is created--has attracted a great deal of attention within linguistics in recent years. This book shows how this approach leads to a number of important conceptual and theoretical issues concerning the nature of functional categories and the form of parameters, as well as the relation of both of these to language change.
Title:Syntactic Change: A Minimalist Approach to GrammaticalizationFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.63 inPublished:June 19, 2008Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521066840

ISBN - 13:9780521066846

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. Parameters, functional heads and language change; 2. T elements; 3. C elements; 4. D elements; 5. Theoretical consequences; References; Index of languages; Index of names; Index of subjects.

Editorial Reviews

"a welcome and unique contribution to the vast body of research on grammaticalization. It offers a perspective different from the more functionalist or cognitivist perspective one usually finds ... and it is well-organized, well-written, and well-argued. This work is a must-read for anyone seriously interested in the nature of syntactic change."