Historical Linguistics 2011

Selected papers from the 20th International Conference on Historical Linguistics, Osaka, 25-30 July 2011

| National Museum of Ethnology, Japan/ The Graduate University of Advanced Studies, Japan
| University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu
ISBN 9789027248459 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
ISBN 9789027271198 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
This volume of selected papers from the 20th International Conference on Historical Linguistics (Osaka, Japan, July 2011) presents a set of stimulating and ground-breaking studies on a wide range of languages and language families. As the scope of studies that can be characterized as ‘Historical Linguistics’ has expanded, ICHL conferences have likewise seen a broadening of topics presented, and this conference was no exception, reflected by the inclusion in this volume of a plenary presentation on the grammaticalization of expressions of negation and gendered kinship in American Sign Language. Three other papers propose new views of the role of grammaticalization in English, Chinese, and Niger-Congo languages. Four of the papers discuss specific problems that arise in the comparison and reconstruction of linguistic features in a range of languages from Asia, Europe and South America. The last six studies deal with innovative approaches to the historical development of suppletion in Romance languages, possessive classifiers in Austronesian, universal quantifiers in Germanic, adjectival sequences in English, exaptation in Celtic and Early English, and drift in Ancient Egyptian.
[Current Issues in Linguistic Theory, 326]  2013.  ix, 337 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Foreword and Acknowledgements
Editors’ introduction
Part I. Grammaticalization
The role of historical research in building a model of Sign Language typology, variation, and change
Ted Supalla
On the origin of Niger-Congo nominal classification
Roland Kießling
A closer look at subjectification in the grammaticalization of English modals: From the main verb mo(o)t to the root modal must
Keisuke Sanada
Subjectivity encoding in Taiwanese Southern Min
I-Hsuan Chen
Part II. Problems in historical comparison and reconstruction
Emergence of the tone system in the Sanjiazi dialect of Manchu
Haibo Wang
Searching for undetected genetic links between the languages of South America
Willem F. H. Adelaar
Reconstructing the category of “associated motion” in Tacanan languages (Amazonian Bolivia and Peru)
Antoine Guillaume
The mirage of apparent morphological correspondence: A case from Indo-European
Kazuhiko Yoshida
Part III. Historical development of morphosyntactic features
Analogy as a source of suppletion
Matthew L. Juge
The rise and demise of possessive classifiers in Austronesian
Frank Lichtenberk
Immediate-future readings of universal quantifier constructions
Jack Hoeksema
The historical development and functional characteristics of the go-adjective sequence in English
Noriko Matsumoto
Recycling “junk” A case for exaptation as a response to breakdown
Bettelou Los
Sapirian ‘drift’ towards analyticity and long-term morphosyntactic change in Ancient Egyptian
Chris H. Reintges
Language index
Index of terms
Subjects & Metadata
BIC Subject: CFF – Historical & comparative linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
ONIX Metadata
ONIX 2.1
ONIX 3.0
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2013029107 | Marc record