Linguistic Change in Progress
Papers from a workshop held at the 14th International Conference on Historical Linguistics, Vancouver, B.C., 14 August 1999
Henning Andersen | University of California, Los Angeles
This collection of papers consolidates the observation that linguistic change typically is actualized step by step: any structural innovation being introduced, accepted, and generalized, over time, in one grammatical environment after another, in a progression that can be understood by reference to the markedness values and the ranking of the conditioning features. The Introduction to the volume and a chapter by Henning Andersen clarify the theoretical bases for this observation, which is exemplified and discussed in separate chapters by Kristin Bakken, Alexander Bergs and Dieter Stein, Vit Bubenik, Ulrich Busse, Marianne Mithun, Lene Schøsler, and John Charles Smith in the light of data from the histories of Norwegian, English, Hindi, Northern Iroquoian, and Romance. A final chapter by Michael Shapiro adds a philosophical perspective. The papers were first presented in a workshop on “Actualization Patterns in Linguistic Change” at the XIV International Conference on Historical Linguistics, Vancouver, B.C. in 1999.
[Current Issues in Linguistic Theory, 219] 2001. vii, 250 pp.
Publishing status: Available
© John Benjamins Publishing Company
Table of Contents
IntroductionHenning Andersen | p. 1
Position paper: Markedness and the theory of changeHenning Andersen | p. 21
Patterns of restitution of sound changeKristin Bakken | p. 59
The role of markedness in the actuation and actualization of linguistic changeAlexander Bergs and Dieter Stein | p. 79
On the actualization of the passive-to-ergative shift in Pre-Islamic IndiaVit Bubenik | p. 95
The use of address pronouns in Early Modern EnglishUlrich Busse | p. 119
Actualization patterns in grammaticalization: From clause to locative morphology in Northern IroquoianMarianne Mithun | p. 143
From Latin to Modern French: Actualization and markednessLene Schøsler | p. 169
Markedness, causation, and linguistic change: A semiotic perspectiveMichael Shapiro | p. 187
Markedness, functionality, and perseveration in the actualization of a morphosyntactic changeJohn Charles Smith | p. 203
Actualization and the (uni)directionality of changeHenning Andersen | p. 225
General Index | p. 249
“[...] an important volume that reinvigorates the discussion of markedness and especially draws attention to ways in which the relationship between grammar and use can be theorized.”
Elizabeth Closs Traugott, Stanford University, in Language, 79.4 (2003)
“[...] this carefully edited volume provides stimulating [...] insights for anyone who is interested in the Hows and Whys of linguistic change.”
Andres Dufter , München, in Zeitschrift fur Anglistik und Amerikanistik, 3:3 (2004)
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