The Determinants of Diachronic Stability
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
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Table of Contents
Chapter 1. The determinants of diachronic stabilityMiriam Bouzouita, Anne Breitbarth, Lieven Danckaert and Melissa Farasyn | pp. 1–10
Chapter 2. Gender stability, gender loss: What didn’t happen to GermanSheila Watts | pp. 11–38
Chapter 3. Apparent competing agreement patterns in Middle Low German non-restrictive relative clauses with a first or second person headMelissa Farasyn | pp. 39–68
Chapter 4. Stability and change in Icelandic weather verbs: Syntax, semantics and argument structureSigríður Sæunn Sigurðardóttir and Thórhallur Eythórsson | pp. 69–100
Chapter 5. Disharmony in harmony with diachronic stability: The case of ChineseRedouane Djamouri and Waltraud Paul | pp. 101–130
Chapter 6. Against V2 in Old SpanishIoanna Sitaridou | pp. 131–156
Chapter 7. V1 clauses in Old CatalanAfra Pujol i Campeny | pp. 157–190
Chapter 8. Competition, stability and change in the emergence of Brazilian PortugueseCharlotte Galves | pp. 191–214
Chapter 9. What is a diachronically stable system in a language-contact situation? The case of the English recipient passiveAchim Stein, Richard Ingham and Carola Trips | pp. 215–244
Chapter 10. A variational theory of specialization in acquisition and diachronyJoel C. Wallenberg | pp. 245–262
Chapter 11. Stable variation in multidimensional competitionHenri Kauhanen | pp. 263–290
Index | pp. 291–294
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BIC Subject: CFF – Historical & comparative linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009010 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Historical & Comparative