The Paradox of Grammatical Change

Perspectives from Romance

| Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
| Newcastle University
ISBN 9789027248084 | EUR 110.00 | USD 165.00
ISBN 9789027291639 | EUR 110.00 | USD 165.00
Recent years have seen intense debates between formal (generative) and functional linguists, particularly with respect to the relation between grammar and usage. This debate is directly relevant to diachronic linguistics, where one and the same phenomenon of language change can be explained from various theoretical perspectives. In this, a close look at the divergent and/or convergent evolution of a richly documented language family such as Romance promises to be useful. The basic problem for any approach to language change is what Eugenio Coseriu has termed the paradox of change: if synchronically, languages can be viewed as perfectly running systems, then there is no reason why they should change in the first place. And yet, as everyone knows, languages are changing constantly. In nine case studies, a number of renowned scholars of Romance linguistics address the explanation of grammatical change either within a broadly generative or a functional framework.
[Current Issues in Linguistic Theory, 293]  2008.  vi, 252 pp.
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Table of Contents
Ulrich Detges and Richard Waltereit
Syntactic change from within and from without syntax: A usage-based analysis
Richard Waltereit and Ulrich Detges
On explaining the rise of c'est-clefts in French
Andreas Dufter
The role of the plural system in Romance
Elisabeth Stark
Morphological developments affecting syntactic change
Maria Goldbach
Grammaticalisation within the IP-domain
Susann Fischer
Imperfect systems and diachronic change
Giampaolo Salvi
From temporal to modal: Divergent fates of the Latin synthetic pluperfect in Spanish and Portuguese
Martin G. Becker
Non-lexical core-arguments in Basque, Romance and German: How (and why) Spanish syntax is shifting towards clausal headmarking and morphological cross-reference
Hans-Ingo Radatz
Towards a comprehensive view of language change: Three recent evolutionary approaches
Esme Winter-Froemel
Subject Index
“U. Detges et R. Waltereit ont réussi dans ce volume la gageure de faire dialoguer des spécialistes de la linguistique diachronique d'inspiration fonctionnaliste et formaliste, ce qui permet à chaque lecteur/lectrice d'évaluer soi-même l'impact des deux types d'argumentation en particulier face à la question délicate du locus de changement linguistique: au cours de l'acquisition ou au long de l'usage.”
“[...] a volume that is very successful both in presenting a fairly comprehensive view of language change by confronting theoretically different approaches, and in achieving a high degree of coherence across the individual contributions.”
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Subjects & Metadata
BIC Subject: CFK – Grammar, syntax
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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