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Spontaneous syntactic change

Chris H. Reintges

in Historical Syntax and Linguistic Theory

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780199560547
eISBN:
9780191721267
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199560547.003.0003
Subject:
Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology, Historical Linguistics

To come to terms with the logical problem of language change, many historical linguists subscribe to the view that the syntax is in a state of equilibrium and does not change by itself. This chapter ... More


Language Change and Linguistic Theory, Volume II: Morphological, Syntactic, and Typological Change

D. Gary Miller

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780199583430
eISBN:
9780191595288
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199583430.001.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Historical Linguistics, Theoretical Linguistics

This book investigates a large range of changes and their motivations in all parts of the grammar and lexicon. The core argument is that, in the absence of a Grand Unification Theory in linguistics, ... More


Language Change and Linguistic Theory, Volume I: Approaches, Methodology, and Sound Change

D. Gary Miller

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780199583423
eISBN:
9780191723438
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199583423.001.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Historical Linguistics, Theoretical Linguistics

This book investigates a large range of changes and their motivations in all parts of the grammar and lexicon. The core argument is that, in the absence of a Grand Unification Theory in linguistics, ... More


Grammaticalization and Parametric Variation

Montserrat Batllori, Maria-Lluïsa Hernanz, Carme Picallo, and Francesc Roca (eds)

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199272129
eISBN:
9780191709821
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199272129.001.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology

In this book the methods and theories of formal syntax are focussed on grammatical variation and change. The book opens with a detailed introduction to the ideas and techniques deployed in the book ... More


Grammaticalization and Parametric Variation

MONTSERRAT BATLLORI, MARIA-LLUÏSA HERNANZ, CARME PICALLO, and FRANCESC ROCA

in Grammaticalization and Parametric Variation

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199272129
eISBN:
9780191709821
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199272129.003.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology

This chapter begins with a brief discussion of the term grammaticalization. It explains the theoretical framework of this book. The chapter then discusses functional categories and syntactic change ... More


Syntactic change as chain reaction: the emergence of hyper‐raising in Brazilian Portuguese

Ana Maria Martins and Jairo Nunes

in Historical Syntax and Linguistic Theory

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780199560547
eISBN:
9780191721267
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199560547.003.0009
Subject:
Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology, Historical Linguistics

This chapter discusses the emergence of hyper‐raising constructions in Brazilian Portuguese (BP). Assuming Dresher's (1999) cue‐based approach to language acquisition, it argues that the loss of ... More


Introduction

John Whitman, Dianne Jonas, and Andrew Garrett

in Grammatical Change: Origins, Nature, Outcomes

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199582624
eISBN:
9780191731068
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199582624.003.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Historical Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology

As research on syntactic change within a broadly generative framework enters its fifth decade, it is possible to look back at the development and accomplishments of this enterprise. Three ... More


A methodology for syntactic reconstruction

George Walkden

in Syntactic Reconstruction and Proto-Germanic

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780198712299
eISBN:
9780191780837
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198712299.003.0002
Subject:
Linguistics, Historical Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology

This chapter lays out a framework for the reconstruction of syntax. Section 2.2 is dedicated to the question of syntactic variation: it defends an implementation of Principles & Parameters theory ... More


Historical Syntax and Linguistic Theory

Paola Crisma and Giuseppe Longobardi (eds)

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780199560547
eISBN:
9780191721267
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199560547.001.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology, Historical Linguistics

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, ... More


The historical syntax problem:reanalysis and directionality

Andrew Garrett

in Grammatical Change: Origins, Nature, Outcomes

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199582624
eISBN:
9780191731068
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199582624.003.0003
Subject:
Linguistics, Historical Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology

This chapter suggests that the interest in reanalysis as a mechanism of change, while rightly focusing attention on syntactic structure, also contributes to a blinkered view of diachrony. It ... More


On the Interplay of Syntax and Information Structure: Synchronic and Diachronic Considerations

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

in Information Structure and Syntactic Change in the History of English

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199860210
eISBN:
9780199949601
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199860210.003.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, English Language

This chapter begins with a description of the terms and definitions used in the relatively field of information structure. It then discusses what the study of syntactic change can tell us about ... More


Reanalysis and Conservancy of Structure in Chinese

JOHN WHITMAN and WALTRAUD PAUL

in Grammaticalization and Parametric Variation

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199272129
eISBN:
9780191709821
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199272129.003.0006
Subject:
Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology

The relegation of syntactic variation to lexical features under the Minimalist Programme has led to a growing awareness that syntactic change should be characterized in the same way: by changes in ... More


Grammatical Change: Origins, Nature, Outcomes

Dianne Jonas, John Whitman, and Andrew Garrett (eds)

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199582624
eISBN:
9780191731068
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199582624.001.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Historical Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology

This book advances research on grammatical change and shows the breadth and liveliness of the field. Leading international scholars report and reflect on the latest research into the nature and ... More


Changes in Subject Case-Marking in Icelandic

Thórhallur Eythórsson

in Syntactic Effects of Morphological Change

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199250691
eISBN:
9780191719455
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199250691.003.0011
Subject:
Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology

This chapter shows how two tendencies, Normative Sickness (NS) and Dative Sickness (DS), can coexist and what their relative domains say about the nature of syntactic change. It argues that NS and DS ... More


Subjects in early English: syntactic change as gradual constraint reranking

Brady Clark

in Grammatical Change: Origins, Nature, Outcomes

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199582624
eISBN:
9780191731068
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199582624.003.0013
Subject:
Linguistics, Historical Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology

This chapter provides a comprehensive analysis of change in the syntax of early English subjects within the framework of Stochastic Optimality Theory (StOT). It shows that positional discrepancies ... More


Negative movement in the history of Norwegian: the evolution of a grammatical virus

John Sundquist

in Grammatical Change: Origins, Nature, Outcomes

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199582624
eISBN:
9780191731068
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199582624.003.0015
Subject:
Linguistics, Historical Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology

This chapter analyzes the Negative Movement (NM) pattern in Norwegian, where, as in other Scandinavian languages, objects containing a negative quantifier (e.g., no books) must appear to the left of ... More


Micro-change and macro-change in diachronic syntax

Éric Mathieu and Robert Truswell

in Micro-change and Macro-change in Diachronic Syntax

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
August 2017
ISBN:
9780198747840
eISBN:
9780191810732
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198747840.003.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Historical Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology

This introduction discusses current trends in diachronic linguistics with a focus on syntactic change and reviews the fifteen other chapters included in the volume. In the spirit of modern diachronic ... More


Indefinites and negation in the history of Latin

Chiara Gianollo

in Indefinites between Latin and Romance

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
December 2018
ISBN:
9780198812661
eISBN:
9780191850448
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198812661.003.0004
Subject:
Linguistics, Historical Linguistics, Semantics and Pragmatics

This chapter is a study of Latin indefinites in direct-negation contexts. These indefinites are interesting from a theoretical point of view because of their extreme dependence on the surrounding ... More


Theoretical background

Anne Breitbarth

in The History of Low German Negation

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2014
ISBN:
9780199687282
eISBN:
9780191767050
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199687282.003.0004
Subject:
Linguistics, Historical Linguistics

This chapter summarizes the assumptions regarding syntactic change in general and change in the expression of negation in particular, and discusses different approaches to the syntax of negation and ... More


From passive to active: Stages in the Icelandic New Impersonal

Joan Maling and Sigríđur Sigurjónsdóttir

in Syntax over Time: Lexical, Morphological, and Information-Structural Interactions

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2015
ISBN:
9780199687923
eISBN:
9780191767319
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199687923.003.0003
Subject:
Linguistics, Historical Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology

A new impersonal construction is developing in Icelandic. The New Impersonal (NI) appears to have passive morphology, but differs from canonical passives in that the verbal object remains in situ and ... More


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