Cyclical Change

| Arizona State University
ISBN 9789027255297 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
ISBN 9789027289216 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
Linguistic Cycles are ever present in language change and involve a phrase or word that gradually disappears and is replaced by a new linguistic item. The most well-known cycles involve negatives, where an initial single negative, such as not, is reinforced by another negative, such as no thing, and subjects, where full pronouns are reanalyzed as endings on the verb. This book presents new data and insights on the well-known cyclical changes as well as on less well-known ones, such as the preposition, auxiliary, copula, modal, and complementation cycles. Part I covers the negative cycle with chapters looking in great detail at the steps that are typical in this cycle. Part II focuses on pronouns, auxiliaries, and the left periphery. Part III includes work on modals, prepositions, and complementation. The book ends with a psycholinguistic chapter. This book brings together linguists from a variety of theoretical frameworks and contributes to new directions in work on language change.
[Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today, 146]  2009.  viii, 329 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
List of contributors
Chapter 1. Cyclical change, an introduction
Elly van Gelderen
Part I. Negatives
Chapter 2. Jespersen recycled
Jack Hoeksema
Chapter 3. The Jespersen cycles
Johan van der Auwera
Chapter 4. The negative cycle in Early and Modern Russian
Olena Tsurska
Chapter 5. Jespersen off course? The case of contemporary Afrikaans negation
Theresa Biberauer
Part II. Pronouns, agreement, and topic markers
Chapter 6. Weak pronouns in Italian: Instances of a broken cycle?
Diana Vedovato
Chapter 7. The subject cycle of pronominal auxiliaries in Old North Russian
Kyongjoon Kwon
Chapter 8. Two instances of a broken cycle: Sentential particles in Old Italian
Cecilia Poletto
Part III. Copulas, auxiliaries, and adpositions
Chapter 9. The Copula cycle
Terje Lohndal
Chapter 10. RATHER – On a modal cycle
Remus Gergel
Chapter 11. Cycles of complementation in the Mayan languages
Clifton Pye
Chapter 12. The Preposition cycle in English
Cathleen Waters
Part IV. An experiment
Chapter 13. The study of syntactic cycles as an experimental science
Roeland Hancock and Thomas G. Bever
Author index
Subject index
“This is a very useful comparative volume that also raises interesting general questions about the nature of syntactic change. It puts pathways and cycles of change firmly at the heart of historical syntax and shows their relevance for wider theoretical questions.”
“This volume significantly adds to the research on the linguistic status of cyclical change. It provides new evidence and analysis of changes that could reasonably be regarded as cyclical.”
“The concept of cyclical change proves a fruitful one: it is applicable across various syntactic domains, as the present volume demonstrates. With the wide range of phenomena covered and the profound formal analyses given, this book presents a milestone in the area of research in cyclical change and more generally in diachronic syntax. It will no doubt be an inspiration on future work on the topic.”
“This is a valuable and unique volume which provides plenty for the linguist intrigued by cyclical change to his/her teeth into. One can only hope it will spur further investigations in this vein.”
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BIC Subject: CFK – Grammar, syntax
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2009017906 | Marc record