Actualization

Linguistic Change in Progress

Papers from a workshop held at the 14th International Conference on Historical Linguistics, Vancouver, B.C., 14 August 1999

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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.
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Table of Contents
Introduction
Henning Andersen
1
Position paper: Markedness and the theory of change
Henning Andersen
21
Patterns of restitution of sound change
Kristin Bakken
59
The role of markedness in the actuation and actualization of linguistic change
Alexander Bergs and Dieter Stein
79
On the actualization of the passive-to-ergative shift in Pre-Islamic India
Vit Bubenik
95
The use of address pronouns in Early Modern English
Ulrich Busse
119
Actualization patterns in grammaticalization: From clause to locative morphology in Northern Iroquoian
Marianne Mithun
143
From Latin to Modern French: Actualization and markedness
Lene Schøsler
169
Markedness, causation, and linguistic change: A semiotic perspective
Michael Shapiro
187
Markedness, functionality, and perseveration in the actualization of a morphosyntactic change
John Charles Smith
203
Actualization and the (uni)directionality of change
Henning Andersen
225
General Index
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.”
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BIC Subject: CF – Linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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