Syntactic Effects of Morphological Change by David W. LightfootSyntactic Effects of Morphological Change by David W. Lightfoot

Syntactic Effects of Morphological Change

EditorDavid W. Lightfoot

Paperback | August 1, 2002

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David Lightfoot's collection explores a central aspect of language change: the nature and degree to which changes in morphology (inflectional word endings, for example) cause changes in syntax (for example, in word order). The 22 contributors consider such phenomena within the context ofChomsky's minimalist revision of his principles (of universal grammar) and parameters (of individual languages) theory. They also address some of the main unanswered problems associated with Professor Lightfoot's hypothesis that all grammatical change is driven by the way in which children acquirelanguage. These questions are discussed in the context of a wide range of languages by distinguished scholars from around the world.There are 21 chapters divided into 4 parts: Morphologically Driven Changes, Indirect Links Between Morphology and Syntax, Independent Changes in Movement Operations, and Computer Simulations.
David W. Lightfoot is Dean of the Graduate School at Georgetown University. Until recently he was Professor of Linguistics and Associate Director of the Neural and Cognitive Science Program at the University of Maryland with a joint appointment as Professor of Linguistics at the University of Reading. His books include Principles of D...
Title:Syntactic Effects of Morphological ChangeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:424 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.91 inPublished:August 1, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. David W. Lightfoot: IntroductionPart I: Morphologically Driven Changes2. Ian Roberts and Anna Roussou: The History of the Future3. Cynthia L. Allen: Case and Middle English Genitive Noun Phrases4. Zeljko Boskovic: Split Constituents Within NP in the History of English: Commentary on Allen5. Eric Haeberli: Inflectional Morphology and the Loss of Verb-Second in English6. Thomas McFadden: The Rise of the to Dative in Middle English7. Chiara Polo: Double Objects and Morphological Triggers for Syntactic Case8. Acrisio Pires: Cue-Based Change: Inflection and Subjects in the History of Portuguese Infinitives9. Cilene Rodrigues: Loss of Verbal Morphology and the Status of Referential Null Subjects in Brazilian Portuguese10. Akira Watanabe: Loss of Overt Wh-Movement in Old Japanese11. Thorhallur Eythorsson: Changes in Subject Case Marking in IcelandicPart II: Indirect Links Between Morphology and Syntax12. Dirk Bury: A Reinterpretation of the loss of verb-second in Welsh13. Ana Maria Martins: The Loss of IP-Scrambling in Portuguese: Clause Structure, Word Order Variation and ChangePart III: Independent Changes in Movement Operations14. Dianne Jonas: Residual V-to-I15. Stephen R. Anderson: Syntax and Morphology are Different: Commentary on Jonas16. Susan Pintzuk: Verb-Object Order in Old English: Variation as Grammatical Competition17. Jairo Nunes: VO or OV? That's the Underlying Question: Commentary on Pintzuk18. Susana Bejar: Movement, Morphology, and Learnability19. John D. Sundquist: Object Shift and Holmberg's Generalization in the History of NorwegianPart IV: Computer Simulations20. Partha Niyogi: The Computational Study of Diachronic Linguistics21. Charles D. Yang: Grammar Competition and Language Change