Word-Order Change as a Source of Grammaticalisation

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This book presents a new perspective on the interaction between word-order and grammaticalisation by investigating the changes that stylistic fronting and oblique subjects have undergone in Romance (Catalan, French, Spanish) as compared to Germanic (English, Icelandic). It discusses a great deal of historical comparative data showing that stylistic fronting and oblique subjects have (had) a semantic effect in the Germanic and in the Romance languages, and that they both appear in the same functional category. The loss of stylistic fronting and oblique subjects is seen as an effect of grammaticalisation, where grammaticalisation is taken to be a regular case of parameter change. In contrast to previous and recent approaches to grammaticalisation, however, the author shows that it is not the loss of morphology that triggers grammaticalisation with subsequent word-order changes, but that the word-order change sets off grammaticalisation in the functional categories, which is then followed by the loss of morphology.
[Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today, 157]  2010.  ix, 200 pp.
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Table of Contents
Acknowledgements
ix–x
Chapter 1. Introduction
1–12
Chapter 2. Different views on grammaticalisation and its relation to word-order
13–38
Chapter 3. Historical overview of oblique subjects in Germanic and Romance
39–86
Chapter 4. Historical overview of stylistic fronting in Germanic and Romance
87–128
Chapter 5. Accounting for the differences and similarities between the languages under investigation
129–160
Chapter 6. Explaining the changes: Minimalism meets von Humboldt and Meillet
161–176
References
177–192
Name index
193–196
Subject index
197–200
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Subjects
BIC Subject: CFK – Grammar, syntax
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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