Synchrony and Diachrony

A dynamic interface

| University of Pavia
| University of Pavia
| University of Bergamo
ISBN 9789027206008 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
ISBN 9789027272072 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
The focus of this volume is on the relation between synchrony and diachrony. It is examined in the light of the most recent theories of language change and linguistic variation. What has traditionally been treated as a dichotomy is now seen rather in terms of a dynamic interface. The contributions to this volume aim at exploring the most adequate tools to describe and understand the manifestations of this dynamic interface. Thorough analyses are offered on hot topics of the current linguistic debate, which are all involved in the analysis of the synchrony-diachrony interface: gradualness of change, synchronic variation and gradience, constructional approaches to grammaticalization, the role of contact-induced transfer in language change, analogy. Case studies are discussed from a variety of languages and dialects including English, Welsh, Latin, Italian and Italian dialects, Dutch, Swedish, German and German dialects, Hungarian. This volume is of great interest to a broad audience within linguistics, including historical linguistics, typology, pragmatics, and areal linguistics.
[Studies in Language Companion Series, 133]  2013.  xi, 450 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
List of contributors
Synchrony and diachrony: Introduction to a dynamic interface
Anna Giacalone Ramat, Caterina Mauri and Piera Molinelli
Part I. The role of analogy and constructions in the synchrony-diachrony interface
Gradualness in language change: A constructional perspective
Graeme Trousdale
Gradual change and continual variation: The history of a verb-initial construction in Welsh
Oliver Currie
Can you literally be scared sick? : The role of analogy in the rise of a network of Resultative and Degree Modifier constructions
Hélène Margerie
The reputed sense of be meant to: A case of gradual change by analogy
Steve Disney
Gradualness in analogical change as a complexification stage in a language simplification process: A case study from Modern Greek dialects
Dimitra Melissaropoulou
Part II. Synchronic variation and language change
Semantic maps, for synchronic and diachronic typology
Johan van der Auwera
Synchronic gradience and language change in Latin genitive constructions
Elisabetta Magni
Double agreement in the Alpine languages: An intermediate stage in the development of inflectional morphemes
Melani Wratil
On variation in gender agreement: The neutralization of pronominal gender in Dutch
Lien De Vos
Synchronic Variation and Grammatical Change: The case of Dutch double gender nouns
Chiara Semplicini
A case study on the relationship between grammatical change and synchronic variation: The emergence of tipo[-N] in Italian
Miriam Voghera
Grammaticalization in the present – The changes of modern Swedish typ
Henrik Rosenkvist and Sanna Skärlund
Part III. Gradualness in language change
Gradualness in change in English (augmented) absolutes
Nikki van de Pol and Hubert Cuyckens
Grammatical encoding of referentiality in the history of Hungarian
Barbara Egedi
Gradualness in contact-induced constructional replication: The Abstract Possession construction in the Circum-Mediterranean area
Chiara Fedriani, Gianguido Manzelli and Paolo Ramat
Binding Hierarchy and peculiarities of the verb potere in some Southern Calabrian varieties
Alessandro De Angelis
Author index
Subject index
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Subjects & Metadata
BIC Subject: CFF – Historical & comparative linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2013000300 | Marc record