Continuity and Change in Grammar

| Ghent University
| University of Cambridge
| University of Cambridge
| University of Cambridge
ISBN 9789027255426 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
ISBN 9789027288073 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
One of the principal challenges of historical linguistics is to explain the causes of language change. Any such explanation, however, must also address the ‘actuation problem’: why is it that changes occurring in a given language at a certain time cannot be reliably predicted to recur in other languages, under apparently similar conditions? The sixteen contributions to the present volume each aim to elucidate various aspects of this problem, including: What processes can be identified as the drivers of change? How central are syntax-external (phonological, lexical or contact-based) factors in triggering syntactic change? And how can all of these factors be reconciled with the actuation problem? Exploring data from a wide range of languages from both a formal and a functional perspective, this book promises to be of interest to advanced students and researchers in historical linguistics, syntax and their intersection.
[Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today, 159]  2010.  viii, 359 pp.
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Table of Contents
List of contributors
Introduction: Continuity and change in grammar
Anne Breitbarth, Christopher Lucas, Sheila Watts and David Willis
Part I. Continuity
What changed where? A plea for the re-evaluation of dialectal evidence
Katrin Axel-Tober and Helmut Weiß
Impossible changes and impossible borrowings: The Final-over-Final Constraint
Theresa Biberauer, Michelle Sheehan and Glenda Newton
Continuity is change: The long tail of Jespersen’s cycle in Flemish
Anne Breitbarth and Liliane Haegeman
Using the Matrix Language Frame model to measure the extent of word-order convergence in Welsh-English bilingual speech
Peredur Webb-Davies and Margaret Deuchar
On language contact as an inhibitor of language change: The Spanish of Catalan bilinguals in Majorca
Andrés Enrique-Arias
Towards notions of comparative continuity in English and French
Remus Gergel
Variation, continuity and contact in Middle Norwegian and Middle Low German
John D. Sundquist
Part II. Change
Directionality in word-order change in Austronesian languages
Edith Aldridge
Negative co-ordination in the history of English
Richard P. Ingham
Formal features and the development of the Spanish D-system
Masataka Ishikawa
The rise of OV word order in Irish verbal-noun clauses
Elliott Lash
The great siSwati locative shift
Lutz Marten
The impact of failed changes
Gertjan Postma
A case of degrammaticalization in northern Swedish
Henrik Rosenkvist
Jespersen’s Cycle in German from the phonological perspective of syllable and word languages
Renata Szczepaniak
An article on the rise: Contact-induced change and the rise and fall of N-to-D movement
Mila Dimitrova-Vulchanova and Valentin Vulchanov
Language index
Subject index
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Subjects & Metadata
BIC Subject: CFK – Grammar, syntax
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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