Exaptation and Language Change

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| Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
| University of Leuven
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This volume is the first collection of papers that is exclusively dedicated to the concept of exaptation, a notion from evolutionary biology that was famously introduced into linguistics by Roger Lass in 1990. The past quarter-century has seen a heated debate on the properties of linguistic exaptation, its demarcation from other processes of linguistic change, and indeed the question of whether it is a useful concept in historical linguistics at all. The contributions in the present volume reflect these diverging points of view. Along with a comprehensive introduction, covering the history of the notion of exaptation from its conception in the field of biology to its adoption in linguistics, the book offers extensive discussion of the concept from various theoretical perspectives, detailed case studies as well as critical reviews of some stock examples. The book will be of interest to scholars working in the fields of evolutionary linguistics, historical linguistics, and the history of linguistics.
[Current Issues in Linguistic Theory, 336]  2016.  viii, 411 pp.
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Table of Contents
Preface
vii–viii
Exaptation: Taking stock of a controversial notion in linguistics
Freek Van de Velde and Muriel Norde
1–35
Being exacting about exapting: An exaptation omnibus
Brian D. Joseph
37–55
Co-opting exaptation in a theory of language change
Livio Gaeta
57–92
Exaptation in Japanese and beyond
Heiko Narrog
93–120
Functional changes and (meta-)linguistic evolution
Ferdinand von Mengden
121–162
Exaptation from the perspective of construction morphology
Muriel Norde and Graeme Trousdale
163–195
Exaptation and degrammaticalization within an acquisition-based model of abductive reanalysis
David Willis
197–225
Allogenous exaptation
Francesco Gardani
227–260
How functionless is junk and how useful is exaptation?: Probing the –I/ESC- morpheme
Dieter Vermandere and Claire Meul
261–285
The history of nominative -er in Danish and Swedish: A case of exaptation?
Eva Skafte Jensen
287–316
Is the development of linking elements in German a case of exaptation?
Renata Szczepaniak
317–340
Exploring and recycling: Topichood and the evolution of Ibero-romance articles
Albert Wall and Álvaro S. Octavio de Toledo y Huerta
341–375
Exaptation and adaptation: Two historical routes to final particles in Japanese
Katsunobu Izutsu and Mitsuko Narita Izutsu
377–401
Language index
403–405
Subject index
407–411
“Rather than attempting a unified picture of exaptation, this volume opens it up for further exploration and provides a forum for a discussion of refunctionalization of grammatical elements, with the focus on ''unexpected'' changes that set exaptation apart from cross-linguistically recurrent changes such as those captured by grammaticalization clines. The main value of this collection is in the diversity of views it offers and the variety of phenomena that get discussed under a common rubric.”
“As the editors remark, even readers ‘reluctant to accept a new term in linguistics’ will find that this collection ‘has a lot to offer, as the plethora of changes that the authors present are often difficult to account for in well-known types of change like grammaticalization, and lay bare the intriguing dynamics of linguistic change’. I would agree whole-heartedly with this assessment.”
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Subjects
BIC Subject: CFF – Historical & comparative linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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