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Cycles in Language Change

Miriam Bouzouita, Anne Breitbarth, Lieven Danckaert, and Elisabeth Witzenhausen


The notion of ‘linguistic cycle’ has long been recognized as being relevant to the descriptions of many processes of language change. In a process known as grammaticalization, a given linguistic form loses its lexical meaning as well as some of its phonological content, and then gradually weakens, until it ultimately vanishes. This process of change becomes cyclic when the grammaticalized form is replaced by an innovative item, which can develop along exactly the same pathway. This volume unites thirteen chapters which address aspects of cyclical change from a wide variety of empirical perspec ... More

Keywords: linguistic cycle, agreement, negation, grammaticalization, definiteness, indefinite pronoun, determiner, relative clause, argument structure

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Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198824961
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198824961.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Miriam Bouzouita, editor
Assistant Professor, Ghent University

Anne Breitbarth, editor
Associate Professor, Ghent University

Lieven Danckaert, editor
CNRS Researcher, University of Lille

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1 Cycling through diachrony

Anne Breitbarth, Lieven Danckaert, Elisabeth Witzenhausen, and Miriam Bouzouita

4 The clitic doubling parameter

Susann Fischer, Mario Navarro, and Jorge Vega Vilanova

5 Weak elements in cycles

Jacopo Garzonio and Silvia Rossi

6 On the emergence of personal articles in the history of Catalan

Judy Bernstein, Francisco Ordóñez, and Francesc Roca

10 On the relative cycle

Cecilia Poletto and Emanuela Sanfelici

12 From negative cleft to external negator

Elitzur A. Bar-Asher Siegal and Karen De Clercq

13 Changes in the argument and event structure of psych verbs in the history of Spanish

Montserrat Batllori, Elisabeth Gibert-Sotelo, and Isabel Pujol

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