The Emergence and Development of SVO Patterning in Latin and French: Diachronic and…

Hardcover | March 1, 1995

byBrigitte L. M. Bauer

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This book analyzes--in terms of branching--the pervasive reorganization of Latin syntactic and morphological structures: in the development from Latin to French, a shift can be observed from the archaic, left-branching structures (which Latin inherited from Proto-Indo-European) to modernright-branching equivalents. Brigitte Bauer presents a detailed analysis of this development based on the theoretical discussion and definition of "branching" and "head." Subsequently she relates the diachronic shift to psycholinguistic evidence, arguing that the difficulty of LB complex structuresas reflected in their painstaking and delayed acquisition accounts for the extensive typological shift from left to right branching that took place in Latin/French and the other Indo-European languages.

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This book analyzes--in terms of branching--the pervasive reorganization of Latin syntactic and morphological structures: in the development from Latin to French, a shift can be observed from the archaic, left-branching structures (which Latin inherited from Proto-Indo-European) to modernright-branching equivalents. Brigitte Bauer prese...

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This book analyzes - in terms of branching - the pervasive reorganization of Latin syntactic and morphological structures: in the development from Latin to French, a shift can be observed from the archaic, left-branching structures (which Latin inherited from Proto-Indo-European) to modern right-branching equivalents. Brigitte L.M. Bau...

Brigitte L. M. Bauer is at University of Nijmegen (The Netherlands).

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 9.57 × 6.57 × 0.87 inPublished:March 1, 1995Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195091035

ISBN - 13:9780195091038

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"Outstanding diachronic syntactic studies are few, which gives this excellent work special value...it should be on the working table of any Indo-Europeanist."--The Journal of Indo-European Studies