Diachronic Clues to Synchronic Grammar

Eric Fuß | Johann-Wolfgang-Goethe University
Carola Trips | University of Stuttgart
ISBN 9789027227966 (Eur) | EUR 99.00
ISBN 9781588115874 (USA) | USD 149.00
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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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“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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