Syntax over Time: Lexical, Morphological, and Information-Structural Interactions

Hardcover | March 26, 2015

EditorTheresa Biberauer, George Walkden

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This book provides a critical investigation of syntactic change and the factors that influence it. Converging empirical and theoretical considerations have suggested that apparent instances of syntactic change may be attributable to factors outside syntax proper, such as morphology orinformation structure. Some even go so far as to propose that there is no such thing as syntactic change, and that all such change in fact takes place in the lexicon or in the phonological component. In this volume, international scholars examine these proposals, drawing on detailed case studies from Germanic, Romance, Chinese, Egyptian, Finnic, Hungarian, and Sami. They aim to answer such questions as: Can syntactic change arise without an external impetus? How can we tell whether a givenchange is caused by information-structural or morphological factors? What can "microsyntactic" investigations of changes in individual lexical items tell us about the bigger picture? How universal are the clausal and nominal templates ('cartography'), and to what extent is syntactic structure moregenerally subject to universal constraints?The book will be of interest to all linguists working on syntactic variation and change, and especially those who believe that historical linguistics and linguistic theory can, and should, inform one another.

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This book provides a critical investigation of syntactic change and the factors that influence it. Converging empirical and theoretical considerations have suggested that apparent instances of syntactic change may be attributable to factors outside syntax proper, such as morphology orinformation structure. Some even go so far as to pro...

Theresa Biberauer is a Senior Research Associate at the University of Cambridge, where she is also a Fellow of Churchill College, and Associate Professor Extraordinary at her South African alma mater, Stellenbosch University. Her research interests are principally in theoretical and comparative (synchronic and diachronic) morphosyntax...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:440 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.1 inPublished:March 26, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Theresa Biberauer and George Walkden: IntroductionPART I: Syntax and the Lexicon2. Caitlin Light: Expletive there in West Germanic3. Joan Maling and Sigriedur Sigurjonsdottir: From passive to active: Stages in the Icelandic New Impersonal4. William Haddican, Eytan Zweig, and Daniel Ezra Johnson: Change in the syntax and semantics of be like quotatives5. Veronika Hegedes: The grammaticalization of postpositions in Old Hungarian6. Katalin E. Kiss: A negative cycle in 12th - 15th century Hungarian7. Ana Maria Martins: Negation and NPI composition inside DPPART II: Syntax and Morphology8. Chris H. Reintges: Increasing morphological complexity and how syntax drives morphological change9. Adam Ledgeway: Reconstructing complementizer-drop in the dialects of the Salento: A syntactic or phonological phenomenon10. Marit Julien: On negation, tense, and participles in Finnic and Sami11. Krzysztof Migdalski: On the loss of tense and verb-adjacent clitics in Slavic12. Dimitris Michelioudakis: The evolution of Inherent Case in the diachrony of GreekPART III: Syntax and Information Structure13. Virginia Hill: From preposition to topic marker: Old Romanian pe14. George Walkden: Verb-third in early West Germanic: A comparative perspective15. Ed Cormany: Changes in Friulano subject clitics: Conflation and interactions with the left periphery16. Lieven Danckaert: The decline of Latin left-peripheral presentation foci: Causes and consequences17. Montserrat Batllori and Maria-Lluisa Hernanz: Weak focus and polarity: Asymmetries between Spanish and Catalan18. Roland Hinterholzl: An interface account of word order variation in Old High German19. Ann Taylor and Susan Pintzuk: Verb order, object position, and information status in Old English20. Joel C. Wallenberg: Antisymmetry and heavy NP shift across Germanic21. Edith Aldridge: Pronominal object shift in Archaic Chinese