The Determinants of Diachronic Stability

| Ghent University
| Ghent University
| University of Lille
| Ghent University
ISBN 9789027202413 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
ISBN 9789027262752 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
While much of the literature has focused on explaining diachronic variation and change, the fact that sometimes change does not seem to happen has received much less attention. The current volume unites ten contributions that look for the determinants of diachronic stability, mainly in the areas of morphology and (morpho)syntax. The relevant question is approached from different angles, both empirical and theoretical. Empirically, the contributions deal with the absence of change where one may expect it, uncover underlying stability where traditionally diachronic change was postulated, and, inversely, superficial stability that disguises underlying change. Determining factors ranging from internal causes to language contact are explored. Theoretically, the questions of whether stable variation is possible, and how it can be modeled are addressed. The volume will be of interest to linguists working on the causes of language change, and to scholars working on the history of Germanic, Romance, and Sinitic languages.
[Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today, 254]  2019.  vi, 294 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. The determinants of diachronic stability
Miriam Bouzouita, Anne Breitbarth, Lieven Danckaert and Melissa Farasyn
Chapter 2. Gender stability, gender loss: What didn’t happen to German
Sheila Watts
Chapter 3. Apparent competing agreement patterns in Middle Low German non-restrictive relative clauses with a first or second person head
Melissa Farasyn
Chapter 4. Stability and change in Icelandic weather verbs: Syntax, semantics and argument structure
Sigridur Saeunn Sigurdardottir and Thórhallur Eythórsson
Chapter 5. Disharmony in harmony with diachronic stability: The case of Chinese
Redouane Djamouri and Waltraud Paul
Chapter 6. Against V2 in Old Spanish
Ioanna Sitaridou
Chapter 7. V1 clauses in Old Catalan
Afra Pujol i Campeny
Chapter 8. Competition, stability and change in the emergence of Brazilian Portuguese
Charlotte Galves
Chapter 9. What is a diachronically stable system in a language-contact situation? The case of the English recipient passive
Achim Stein, Richard P. Ingham and Carola Trips
Chapter 10. A variational theory of specialization in acquisition and diachrony
Joel C. Wallenberg
Chapter 11. Stable variation in multidimensional competition
Henri Kauhanen
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BIC Subject: CFF – Historical & comparative linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009010 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Historical & Comparative
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