The Linguistic Cycle: Language Change and the Language Faculty

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byElly Van Gelderen

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Elly van Gelderen provides examples of linguistic cycles from a number of languages and language families, along with an account of the linguistic cycle in terms of minimalist economy principles. A cycle involves grammaticalization from lexical to functional category followed by renewal. Somewell-known cycles involve negatives, where full negative phrases are reanalyzed as words and affixes and are then renewed by full phrases again. Verbal agreement is another example: full pronouns are reanalyzed as agreement markers and are renewed again. Each chapter provides data on a separate cycle from a myriad of languages. Van Gelderen argues that the cross-linguistic similarities can be seen as Economy Principles present in the initial cognitive system or Universal Grammar. She further claims that some of the cycles can be used to classify alanguage as analytic or synthetic, and she provides insight into the shape of the earliest human language and how it evolved.

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Elly van Gelderen provides examples of linguistic cycles from a number of languages and language families, along with an account of the linguistic cycle in terms of minimalist economy principles. A cycle involves grammaticalization from lexical to functional category followed by renewal. Somewell-known cycles involve negatives, where f...

Elly van Gelderen is Regents' Professor in the Department of English at Arizona State University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:528 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:April 11, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Linguistic Cycles and EconomyPart I2. The Subject Agreement Cycle3. The Object Agreement Cycle4. The Copula Agreement CyclePart II5. The Dependent Marking Cycles6. The DP CyclePart III7. TMA Cycles8. The Negative CyclesPart IV9. Typology and Parameters10. Language Evolution11. ConclusionReferences