Lost in Change

Causes and processes in the loss of grammatical elements and constructions

Editors
| University of Bonn
| University of Manchester
HardboundForthcoming
ISBN 9789027208637 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
 
e-Book
ISBN 9789027259967 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
 
While research on language change has formulated robust empirical generalisations about processes and motivations underlying the emergence and spread of linguistic elements, their decline and loss is less well understood. So far a systematic investigation into the processes and motivations of decline and loss in language change is lacking. This book is a first step towards remedying this state of affairs. It brings together a varied set of empirical investigations into decline and loss, spanning morphology, syntax and the lexicon, in different languages. Their authors apply diverse methodologies and represent different theoretical approaches. On the basis of this broad span of studies, authors and editors propose generalisations related to decline and loss and assess similarities and differences with processes and motivations of emergence and spread. The book aims to inspire and provide hypotheses for further studies of decline and loss. It will appeal to historical linguists and others interested in language change.
[Studies in Language Companion Series, 218]  Expected June 2021.  vi, 366 pp.
Publishing status: Printing
Table of Contents
Lost in Change: Introduction
Svenja Kranich and Tine Breban
1–18
Part I. Modelling loss: Description, theory and method
19–158
A typological perspective on the loss of inflection*
Helen Sims-Williams and Matthew Baerman
21–49
So-adj-a construction as a case of obsolescence in progress
Karolina Rudnicka
51–73
The impersonal construction in the texts of Updated Old English
Jan Čermák
75–100
Corpus driven identification of lexical bundle obsolescence in Late Modern English
Ondřej Tichý
101–129
A constructional account of the loss of the adverse avertive schema in Mandarin Chinese
Yueh Hsin Kuo
131–158
Part II. Motivations and explanations for loss: Language-internal and external factors
159–361
Loss or variation? Functional load in morpho-syntax – Three case studies
Alexandra Rehn
161–198
“The next Morning I got a Warrant for the Man and his Wife, but he was fled” Did sociolinguistic factors play a role in the loss of the be-perfect?*
Marianne Hundt
199–233
On the waning of forms – A corpus-based analysis of decline and loss in adjective amplification
Martin Schweinberger
235–260
Decline and loss in the modal domain in recent English* : Decline and loss in the modal domain in recent English
Svenja Kranich
261–289
German so-relatives: Lost in grammatical, typological, and sociolinguistic change
Luise Kempf
291–331
Loss of object indexation in verbal paradigms of Koĩc (Tibeto-Burman, Nepal): Loss of object indexation in verbal paradigms of Koĩc (Tibeto-Burman, Nepal)
Dörte Borchers
333–361
Index
Subjects
BIC Subject: CFK – Grammar, syntax
BISAC Subject: LAN009060 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Syntax
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2021009612 | Marc record