Competing Models of Linguistic Change

Evolution and beyond

| Roskilde University
ISBN 9789027247940 | EUR 120.00 | USD 180.00
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The articles of this volume are centered around two competing views on language change originally presented at the 2003 International Conference on Historical Linguistics in the two important plenary papers by Henning Andersen and William Croft. The latter proposes an evolutionary model of language change within a domain-neutral model of a ‘generalized analysis of selection’, whereas Henning Andersen takes it that cultural phenomena could not possibly be handled, i.e. observed, described, understood, in the same way as natural phenomena. These papers are models of succinct presentation of important theoretical framework. The other papers present and discuss additional models of change, e.g. invisible hand-processes, system-internal models, functional and cognitive models. Most papers do not subscribe to the evolutionary model; instead, they focus on functional factors in the selection and propagation of variants (as opposed to factors of code efficiency), or on cognitive and pragmatic perspectives. Several papers are inspired by the late Eugenio Coseriu and by Henning Andersen’s theories on language change. In particular, the volume contains articles proposing interesting grammaticalization studies and extended models of grammaticalization. The clear presentation of important and competing approaches to fundamental questions concerning language change will be of high interest for scholars and students working in the field of diachrony and typology. The languages referred to in the papers include Cantonese, the Chukotko-Kamchatkan languages, Danish, English, Eskimo languages, German, Norwegian, Russian, Spanish, and Swedish.
[Current Issues in Linguistic Theory, 279]  2006.  vi, 344 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Ole Nedergaard Thomsen
I: General considerations of language change
The non-linear nature of diachronic change
Michael Fortescue
Explanations, or…? Some metatheoretical reflections on a prevalent tradition within historical linguistics
Brit Mæhlum
Quantifying the functional load of phonemic oppositions, distinctive features, and suprasegmentals
Dinoj Surendran and Partha Niyogi
II: The concept of ‘evolution’ as an explanatory model of language change: Pro et contra synchrony, diachrony, and evolution
Synchrony, Diachrony, and Evolution
Henning Andersen
The relevance of an evolutionary model to historical linguistics
William A. Croft
III: Functional factors in ‘evolution’: Functional motivation of selection
Grammaticalization of indirect object cross-reference in Spanish as a case of drift
Silvia Becerra Bascuñán
The role of functional factors in language change: An evolutionary approach
Guido Seiler
Computational modelling of prototypicality in language change: Neutralization to schwa, default logic, and the history of the German noun
Miguel Vázquez-Larruscaín
IV: Cognitive perspectives on semantico-syntactic change: Mental Grammar, Cognitive Grammar, and Dynamic Syntax
From propositional syntax in Old Russian to situational syntax in Modern Russian
Per Durst-Andersen
Construal operations in semantic change: The case of abstract nouns
Lena Ekberg
Clitic Placement in Old and Modern Spanish: A Dynamic Account
Miriam Bouzouita and Ruth M. Kempson
V: Grammaticalization studies: Content and evolution
Grammaticalisation as content reanalysis: The modal character of the Danish s-passive
Lars Heltoft
Aspect and animacy in the history of Russian: Developing the idea of parallel grammaticalization
Jens Nørgård-Sørensen
VI: Towards an integrated functional-pragmatic theory of language and language change
Towards an integrated functional-pragmatic theory of language and language change: In commemoration of Eugenio Coseriu (1921–2002)
Ole Nedergaard Thomsen
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