Stability, Variation and Change of Word-Order Patterns over Time

| Università di Napoli Frederico II
| Philipps-Universität Marburg
| The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Assistant Editor
ISBN 9789027237200 (Eur) | EUR 125.00
ISBN 9781588110374 (USA) | USD 188.00
ISBN 9789027284716 | EUR 125.00 | USD 188.00
The issue of permanence and change of word-order patterns has long been debated in both historical linguistics and structural theories. The interest in this theme has been revamped by contemporary research in typology with its emphasis on correlation or ‘harmonies’ of structures of word-order as explicative principles of both synchronic and diachronic processes. The aim of this book is to stimulate a critical reconsideration of perspectives and methods in the study of continuities and discontinuities of word-order patterns. Bringing together contributions by specialists of various theoretical backgrounds and with expertise in different language families or groups (Caucasian, Hamito-Semitic, and — among Indo-European — Hittite, Greek, Celtic, Germanic, Slavonic, Romance), the book addresses issues like the notions of stability, variation and change of word-order and their interrelations, the interplay of syntactic and pragmatic factors, and the role of internal and external factors in synchronic and diachronic dynamics of word-order. The book contains a selection of papers presented at a workshop held at the XIII International Conference on Historical Linguistics (Düsseldorf, August 1997) and additonal invited contributions.
[Current Issues in Linguistic Theory, 213]  2000.  xxxii, 323 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Part I. Stylistic and Pragmatic Principles in Stability, Variation and Change
La formation des principes de l’ordre des mots du russe moderne en tant que problème de stylistique littéraire et de linguistique
Jean-Pierre Benoist
From VSO to SVO? Word Order and Rear Extraposition in Coptic
Antonio Loprieno
Constitutent Order in Middle Welsh: The Stability of the Pragmatic Principle
Erich Poppe
Part II. Stability and Diachrony
Stability Against the Odds? The Survival of Verb Final Order in Akkadian
Guy Deutscher
Stability in Clausal/Phrasal Pattern Constituent Sequencing: 4000 Year of Egyptian (with some theoretical reflections, also on Celtic)
Ariel Shisha-Halevy
Stability, Variation and Change in Word Order: Some Evidence from the Romance Languages
Rosanna Sornicola
Part III. Reanalysis, Grammaticalization and Change
Reanalysis in Word Order Stability and Change
Jan Terje Faarlund
Word Order Harmonies and Word Order Change in Georgian
Alice C. Harris
Word Order and the First Person Imperative
Carol F. Justus
Part IV. Variation and Change
Variant Order of Surface Segmentables on the Border between Morphology and Syntax: The Case of Preradical Verbal Morphology in Kartvelian
Marcello Cherchi
Word Order Stability and Change from a Sociolinguistic Perspective: The Case of Early Modern Welsh
Oliver Currie
Convergence and Divergence in the Development of the Greek and Latin Clitic Pronouns
Mark Janse
Two Word Order Patterns in the History of English: Stability, Variation, and Change
Willem F. Koopman and Wim van der Wurff
Genitive Constructions in Early Modern English. New Evidence from a Corpus Analysis
Anette Rosenbach and Letizia Vezzosi
Index of names
Index of subjects
Index of languages
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