Diachronic Clues to Synchronic Grammar

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| Johann-Wolfgang-Goethe University
| University of Stuttgart
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This volume emphasizes a new line of thinking in generative grammar which acknowledges that certain synchronic properties of languages can only be fully understood if diachronic data is taken into consideration. The central topics addressed in this collection of papers are (1) a critical assessment of the hypothesis that certain apparently synchronic generalizations are actually the result of the mechanisms of language change, (2) an inquiry into how diachronic data can be used to evaluate and shape formal analyses of particular synchronic phenomena. Reviving the interest in diachronic explanations for synchronic data, the contributions provide novel and original diachronic accounts of phenomena that up to now have escaped a deeper synchronic explanation, including the nature of EPP features, gaps in the distribution of complementizer agreement, and counterexamples to the generalization that rich verbal inflection correlates with verb movement.
[Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today, 72]  2004.  viii, 228 pp.
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Table of Contents
Preface
vii
Introduction
Eric Fuß and Carola Trips
1–29
On the development of possessive determiners: Consequences for DP structure
Artemis Alexiadou
31–58
Diachronic Clues to Pro-drop and complementizer agreement in Bavarian
Eric Fuß
59–100
Syntactic effects of inflectional morphology and competing Grammars
Eric Haeberli
101–130
Language change versus grammar change: What diachronic data reveal about the distinction between core grammar and periphery
Roland Hinterhölzl
131–160
The EPP, fossilized movement and reanalysis
Andrew Simpson
161–189
Restructuring and the development of functional categories
Zoe Wu
191–217
Index
219–226
“This is a fine collection. Historical morphosyntacticians will find much of interest in the volume, both in terms of novel empirical contributions and theoretical innovations.”
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BIC Subject: CF – Linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2004057651