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
 
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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 July 2021.  vi, 361 pp. + index
Publishing status: In production
Table of Contents
This is a provisional table of contents, and subject to changes.
Lost in Change: Introduction
Svenja Kranich and Tine Breban
Part I. Modelling loss: Description, theory and method
A typological perspective on the loss of inflection
Helen Sims-Williams and Matthew Baerman
So-adj-a construction as a case of obsolescence in progress
Karolina Rudnicka
The impersonal construction in the texts of Updated Old English
Jan Čermák
Corpus driven identification of lexical bundle obsolescence in Late Modern English
Ondřej Tichý
A constructional account of the loss of the adverse avertive schema in Mandarin Chinese
Yueh Hsin Kuo
Part II. Motivations and explanations for loss: Language-internal and external factors
Loss or variation? Functional load in morpho-syntax – Three case studies
Alexandra Rehn
“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
On the waning of forms – A corpus-based analysis of decline and loss in adjective amplification
Martin Schweinberger
Decline and loss in the modal domain in recent English*
Svenja Kranich
German so-relatives: Lost in grammatical, typological, and sociolinguistic change
Luise Kempf
Loss of object indexation in verbal paradigms of Koic (Tibeto-Burman, Nepal)
Dörte Borchers
Subjects
BIC Subject: CFK – Grammar, syntax
BISAC Subject: LAN009060 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Syntax