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Historical Syntax and Linguistic Theory

Paola Crisma and Giuseppe Longobardi

Abstract

This book considers developments in the study of diachronic linguistics and linguistic theory, including those concerned with the very definition of language change in the biolinguistic framework, parametric change in a minimalist conception of grammar, the tension between the observed gradual nature of language change and the binary nature of parameters, and whether syntactic change can be triggered internally or requires the external stimuli produced by phonological or morphological change or through language contact. It tests their value and applicability by examining syntactic change at di ... More

Keywords: diachronic linguistics, language contact, language change, minimalist conception, phonological change, morphological change, syntactic change

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199560547
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199560547.001.0001

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Paola Crisma, editor
University of Trieste
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Giuseppe Longobardi, editor
University of Trieste
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1 Change, relatedness, and inertia in historical syntax

PAOLA CRISMA AND GIUSEPPE LONGOBARDI

Part I Theoretical issues in historical syntax

3 Spontaneous syntactic change

CHRIS H. REINTGES

4 The return of the Subset Principle*

THERESA BIBERAUER AND IAN ROBERTS

Part II External and internal sources of morphosyntactic change

12 Verb‐to‐preposition reanalysis in Chinese*

REDOUANE DJAMOURI AND WALTRAUD PAUL

Part III Parameter resetting and reanalysis

18 Expletive pro and misagreement in Late Middle English*

KLEANTHES K. GROHMANN AND RICHARD INGHAM

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