Perspectives on Historical Syntax

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| University of Zurich
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This volume discusses topics of historical syntax from different theoretical perspectives, ranging from Indo-European studies to generative grammar, functionalism, and typology. It examines mechanisms of syntactic change such as reanalysis, analogy, grammaticalization, independent drift, and language contact, as well as procedures of syntactic reconstruction. More than one factor is considered to explain a syntactic phenomenon, since it is maintained that an accurate account of multiple causations, of both structural and social nature, is to be preferred to considerations of economy. Special attention is given to the relationship between principles of syntactic theory and a search for data reliability through the methods of corpus linguistics. Data are drawn from a variety of languages, including Hittite, Vedic, Ancient Greek, Latin, Romance, Germanic, Baltic, Slavic, Austroasiatic, Gulf of Guinea creoles. The book may be therefore of interest for specialists of these languages in addition to scholars and advanced students of syntax and historical linguistics.
[Studies in Language Companion Series, 169]  2015.  vi, 346 pp.
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Table of Contents
Introduction
Historical syntax: Problems, materials, methods, hypotheses
Carlotta Viti
1–32
Syntactic change
Manner deixis as source of grammatical markers in Indo-European languages
Ekkehard König
33–60
Time for change
Frans Plank
61–92
Syntactic reconstruction
Reconstructing non-canonical argument structure for Proto-Indo-European: Methodological questions and progress
Thomas Smitherman
93–116
An approach to syntactic reconstruction
Ilja A. Seržant
117–154
Anatolian morphosyntax: Inheritance and innovation
Annette Teffeteller
155–184
Historical syntax and corpus linguistics
Treebanks in historical linguistic research
Dag T.T. Haug
185–202
Traces of discourse configurationality in older Indo-European languages?
Rosemarie Lühr
203–232
Studying word order changes in Latin: Some methodological remarks
Lieven Danckaert
233–250
Problematizing syndetic coordination: Ancient Greek ‘and’ from Homer to Aristophanes
Anna Bonifazi
251–270
What role for inscriptions in the study of syntax and syntactic change in the old Indo-European languages?: The pros and cons of an integration of epigraphic corpora
Francesca Dell’Oro
271–290
Historical syntax and language contact
The Gulf of Guinea creoles: A case-study of syntactic reconstruction
Tjerk Hagemeijer
291–316
Syntactic diversity and change in Austroasiatic languages
Mathias Jenny
317–340
Register of Subjects
341–344
Register of Languages
345–346
Subjects
BIC Subject: CFF – Historical & comparative linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN000000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2014045775