Reorganising Grammatical Variation

Diachronic studies in the retention, redistribution and refunctionalisation of linguistic variants

| University of Münster
| University of Mainz
| University of Mainz
ISBN 9789027201645 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
ISBN 9789027263421 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
With most studies on grammatical variation concentrating on the synchronic level, a systematic investigation of long-term grammatical variation within the context of language change, i.e. from a predominantly diachronic perspective, has largely remained a desideratum. The present volume fills this research gap by bringing together nine empirically rich bottom-up case studies on morphological and morphosyntactic variation phenomena in standard and dialect varieties of Indo-European languages (Germanic, Romance, Greek). While variation has often been regarded as merely a transitory epiphenomenal symptom of change, the findings of this volume show that variation is a resilient feature of human language and answer the question what makes variation time-stable. Bridging the gap between corpus-based research on language variation and more theory-driven typological and functional approaches, the volume is of special interest for all researchers concerned with interface phenomena seeking to gain a broader understanding of the mechanisms of linguistic variation and change.
[Studies in Language Companion Series, 203]  2018.  v, 302 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Introduction: On the role of reorganisation in long-term variation and change and its theoretical implications
Mirjam Schmuck, Matthias Eitelmann and Antje Dammel
Plural inflection in North Sea Germanic languages: A multivariate analysis of morphological variation
Arjen P. Versloot and Elżbieta Adamczyk
Frequency as a key to language change and reorganisation: On subtraction in German dialects
Magnus Breder Birkenes
The history of the mixed inflection of German masculine and neuter nouns: Sound shapes, dialectal variation, typology
Elke Ronneberger-Sibold
Ablaut reorganisation: The case of German x-o-o
Jessica Nowak
Reorganising voice in the history of Greek: Split complexity and prescriptivism
Nikolaos Lavidas
Making sense of grammatical variation in Norwegian
Marianne Brodahl Sameien, Eivor Finset Spilling and Hans-Olav Enger
Manner of motion and semantic transitivity: A usage-based perspective on change and continuity in the system of the German perfect auxiliaries haben and sein
Melitta Gillmann
Active and passive tough-infinitives: A case of long-term grammatical variation
Dagmar Haumann
Genesis and diachronic persistence of overabundance: Data from Romance languages
Chiara Cappellaro
BIC Subject: CFB – Sociolinguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009010 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Historical & Comparative
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2018030039