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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


We might should be thinking this way: Theory and Practice in the Study of Syntactic Variation

J. Daniel Hasty

in Micro-Syntactic Variation in North American English

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2014
ISBN:
9780199367221
eISBN:
9780199367245
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199367221.003.0009
Subject:
Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology

This chapter investigates syntactic variation through both a theoretical and an empirical lens. From an overview of socially conditioned syntactic variation it is suggested that a major issue with ... More


The verb and its arguments: the root clause

Rodica Zafiu, Alexandru Nicolae, Dana Niculescu, Gabriela Pană Dindelegan, Irina Nicula Paraschiv, Adina Dragomirescu, and Andra Vasilescu

in The Syntax of Old Romanian

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780198712350
eISBN:
9780191780899
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198712350.003.0002
Subject:
Linguistics, Historical Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology

This chapter presents the main aspects related to the following problems: syntax of moods and tenses, pronominal clitics (position of clitics in the clause, clitic climbing structures, position of ... More


Linguistic Variation in the Minimalist Framework

M. Carme Picallo (ed.)

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780198702894
eISBN:
9780191772382
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198702894.001.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Theoretical Linguistics, Psycholinguistics / Neurolinguistics / Cognitive Linguistics

This book brings together a collection of recent studies based on work presented at a workshop that focussed on the question of how syntactic variation can be accounted for under minimalist premises. ... More


North American English: Exploring the Syntactic Frontier

Raffaella Zanuttini

in Micro-Syntactic Variation in North American English

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2014
ISBN:
9780199367221
eISBN:
9780199367245
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199367221.003.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology

Using linguistic varieties that are similar overall, linguists are able to determine where and how grammatical systems differ, and how they change over time. The aim of this book is to provide a ... More


Introduction

Ángel J. Gallego

in The Syntactic Variation of Spanish Dialects

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
October 2019
ISBN:
9780190634797
eISBN:
9780190634827
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190634797.003.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology

This introduction offers a summary of the antecedents, goals, and prospects of the present volume. On the one hand, it emphasizes the important role of this collection of papers. It’s the first ... More


Introduction: Syntactic variation and Minimalist inquiries

M. Carme Picallo (ed.)

in Linguistic Variation in the Minimalist Framework

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780198702894
eISBN:
9780191772382
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198702894.003.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Theoretical Linguistics, Psycholinguistics / Neurolinguistics / Cognitive Linguistics

The introductory chapter offers a general overview of the main topics being investigated in the field of syntactic variation from a minimalist perspective. It introduces the different approaches ... More


Syntactic Reconstruction and Proto-Germanic

George Walkden

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780198712299
eISBN:
9780191780837
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198712299.001.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Historical Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology

This book investigates methods, possibilities, and limitations in the reconstruction of syntax in a framework which holds that the object of enquiry is knowledge of language and which acknowledges ... More


On the elements of syntactic variation

Luigi Rizzi

in Linguistic Variation in the Minimalist Framework

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780198702894
eISBN:
9780191772382
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198702894.003.0002
Subject:
Linguistics, Theoretical Linguistics, Psycholinguistics / Neurolinguistics / Cognitive Linguistics

The first part of the chapter sketches out the history of the parametric approach to syntactic variation since its origins some thirty years ago. The chapter then addresses the format and locus of ... More


Causativity in Southern Peninsular Spanish

Ángel L. Jiménez-Fernández and Mercedes Tubino-Blanco

in The Syntactic Variation of Spanish Dialects

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
October 2019
ISBN:
9780190634797
eISBN:
9780190634827
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190634797.003.0007
Subject:
Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology

The different patterns of the direct (i.e., lexical) causativization exhibited by intransitive verbs are a fundamental topic in the lexical semantics area. The possibilities and restrictions observed ... More


Differential Object Marking (DOM) and Clitic Subspecification in Catalonian Spanish

Francisco Ordóñez and Francesc Roca

in The Syntactic Variation of Spanish Dialects

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
October 2019
ISBN:
9780190634797
eISBN:
9780190634827
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190634797.003.0002
Subject:
Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology

In this chapter we propose an analysis for Differential Object Marking (DOM) constructions. We also suggest a particular use of the pronominal object clitic le (which we call differential clitic ... More


Syntactic variation in spoken French

Nathalie Rossi-Gensane

in Varieties of Spoken French

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
October 2016
ISBN:
9780199573714
eISBN:
9780191818011
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199573714.003.0007
Subject:
Linguistics, Phonetics / Phonology, Sociolinguistics / Anthropological Linguistics

This chapter is dedicated to the syntax of spoken French. Section 1, which focuses on ‘orality’, presents some phenomena related to ‘oral’ situational parameters with reference to spoken French: ... More


Case in Disguise

Hlíf Árnadóttir and Einar Freyr Sigurðsson

in Variation in Datives: A Microcomparative Perspective

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199937363
eISBN:
9780199980710
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199937363.003.0004
Subject:
Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology

The chapter discusses changes in the case/Case system in Germanic languages, especially in dative-nominative (DAT-NOM) constructions in Icelandic. Some Germanic languages, such as English and ... More


The grammaticalization of postpositions in Old Hungarian

Veronika Hegedűs

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/9780199687923.003.0005
Subject:
Linguistics, Historical Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology

This chapter proposes an account for the grammaticalization of Hungarian postpositions. Based on Old Hungarian data, it is argued that the change from nouns to postpositions goes via an intermediate ... More


The Syntax of Old Romanian

Gabriela Pană Dindelegan (ed.)

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780198712350
eISBN:
9780191780899
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198712350.001.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Historical Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology

This book is a comprehensive overview of the syntax of old Romanian. It draws on an extensive and new corpus analysis of the period between the beginning of the sixteenth century, the date of the ... More


Transitive Expletives in Appalachian English

Raffaella Zanuttini and Judy B. Bernstein

in Micro-Syntactic Variation in North American English

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2014
ISBN:
9780199367221
eISBN:
9780199367245
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199367221.003.0005
Subject:
Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology

Appalachian English displays discontinuous subjects consisting of they or there and a quantifier, e.g., “They won’t nobody know you’re gone.” These subjects require the presence of a modal or ... More


Negation in the history of French

Maj-Britt Mosegaard Hansen

in The History of Negation in the Languages of Europe and the Mediterranean: Volume I Case Studies

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199602537
eISBN:
9780191758164
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199602537.003.0002
Subject:
Linguistics, Historical Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology

This chapter focuses on Jespersen’s cycle and the emergence of pas ‘not’ 〈 ‘step’ as a new marker of negation, considering especially pragmatic constraints on its earlier use (cancellation of ... More


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