Explanation and Linguistic Change

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This volume presents the outcome of a workshop, held in Amsterdam in 1985, on the nature, even possibility, of explanation in Historical Linguistics: why changes take place and others do not, and why they occur at a particular time and place. The workshop, and this volume, aim to explore questions such as i) are the factors which explain the actuation of a change different from those that explain its implementation?; ii) is it possible to give a typology of changes?; iii) should linguistic explanation hope to meet the same requirements as explanation in the pure sciences?; iv) are all linguistic changes necessarily the product of variation?; v) should there be a formal theory of change apart from a general thoery of grammar?
[Current Issues in Linguistic Theory, 45]  1987.  viii, 300 pp.
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Table of Contents
Preface
v
Introduction
Roger Eaton and Willem F. Koopman
1
The Language lifegame: Prediction, Explanation and linguistic change
Jean Aitchison
11
Headless relatives in the history of Dutch
Alain Bossuyt
33
Modern Dutch could be middle Dutcher than you think (and vica versa)
Fred Weerman
55
A brief reply to Mr. Weerman
Alain Bossuyt
77
A ‘case’ for the Old English impersonal
Olga Fischer and Frederike van der Leek
79
Requisites for reinterpretation
Geert Koefoed and Jaap van Marle
121
Language, speakers, history and drift
Roger Lass
151
Number neutralization in old English: failure of functionalism?
Frans Plank
177
The status of the functional approach
M.L. Samuels
239
On sh*tting the door in modern English: A reply to Professor Samuels
Roger Lass
251
A brief rejoinder to Professor Lass
M.L. Samuels
257
‘Explanation’ by Linguistic maps
Jan Stroop
259
Old English dialects: What’s to explain; what’s an explanation?
Thomas E. Toon
275
Subject index
295
Subjects
BIC Subject: CF – Linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  87000945 | Marc record