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Information Structure and Syntactic Change in the History of English
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Information Structure and Syntactic Change in the History of English

Anneli Meurman-Solin, Maria Jose Lopez-Couso, and Bettelou Los

Abstract

This book applies information structure as it relates to language change to a corpus-based analysis of a wide range of features in the evolution of English syntax and grammars of prose in long diachrony. Its unifying topic is the role of information structure, broadly conceived, as it interacts with the other levels of linguistic description, syntax, morphology, prosody, semantics, and pragmatics. The volume comprises twelve chapters by leading scholars who take a variety of theoretical and methodological approaches. Their work affirms, among other things, that motivations for selecting a part ... More

Keywords: information structures, language change, English syntax, grammar, long diachrony, morphology, prosody, linguistic description

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199860210
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199860210.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anneli Meurman-Solin, editor
University of Helsinki

Maria Jose Lopez-Couso, editor
Universidad de Santiago de Compostela

Bettelou Los, editor
Radboud University Nijmegen

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Contents

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Chapter 1 On the Interplay of Syntax and Information Structure

Bettelou Los, María José López-Couso, and Anneli Meurman-Solin

Part One Syntax and Information Structure: From Verb-Second/Object-Verb to Subject-Verb-Object

Chapter 5 Syntax and Information Structure

Ans van Kemenade and Marit Westergaard

Part Two Developing a Grammar of Prose

Part Three Information Structure and Nonfinite Clauses

Part Four Information Structure and the Internal Structure of the Noun Phrase

End Matter