Word Order Change in Acquisition and Language Contact

Essays in honour of Ans van Kemenade

ORCID logoBettelou Los | University of Edinburgh
Pieter de Haan | Radboud University Nijmegen
ISBN 9789027257260 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
ISBN 9789027264848 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
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The case studies in this volume offer new insights into word order change. As is now becoming increasingly clear, word order variation rarely attracts social values in the way that phonological variants do. Instead, speakers tend to attach discourse or information-structural functions to any word order variation they encounter in their input, either in the process of first language acquisition or in situations of language or dialect contact. In second language acquisition, fine-tuning information-structural constraints appears to be the last hurdle that has to be overcome by advanced learners. The papers in this volume focus on word order phenomena in the history of English, as well as in related languages like Norwegian and Dutch-based creoles, and in Romance.
[Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today, 243] 2017.  ix, 376 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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“All in all, the book shows that the hypothesis-driven, empirically responsible study of syntactic variation and change that has been the hallmark of van Kemenade’s research over the years is alive and well, and continuing to break new ground.”

Main BIC Subject

CFF: Historical & comparative linguistics

Main BISAC Subject

LAN009010: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Historical & Comparative
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U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2017041509 | Marc record