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Structural Ambiguity as a Possible Trigger of Syntactic Change

Meisel Jurgen M., Elsig Martin, and Rinke Esther

in Language Acquisition and Change: A Morphosyntactic Perspective

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780748642250
eISBN:
9780748695157
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748642250.003.0004
Subject:
Linguistics, English Language

Structural ambiguity is attributed a central role as a driving force in diachronic change. However, what is referred to as structural ambiguity in theories of language change does not necessarily ... More


Variation in the Gallo-Romance left periphery: V2, complementizers, and the Gascon enunciative system

Adam Ledgeway

in Variation and Change in Gallo-Romance Grammar

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
August 2020
ISBN:
9780198840176
eISBN:
9780191875724
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198840176.003.0004
Subject:
Linguistics, Historical Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology

Exploiting parallels between nominal and clausal structures, it is argued that the strong / weak D dimension of parametric variation for nominals can be extended to clauses, such that V2 syntax can ... More


Old Gallo-Romance, periodization, and the left periphery

Sam Wolfe

in Variation and Change in Gallo-Romance Grammar

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
August 2020
ISBN:
9780198840176
eISBN:
9780191875724
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198840176.003.0002
Subject:
Linguistics, Historical Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology

This chapter seeks to reappraise the value of periodization for both early French and Occitan, by analysing a range of syntactic changes including verb placement, inversion effects, the structure of ... More


Resumptive structures in a Gallo-Romance perspective

Christine Meklenborg

in Variation and Change in Gallo-Romance Grammar

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
August 2020
ISBN:
9780198840176
eISBN:
9780191875724
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198840176.003.0003
Subject:
Linguistics, Historical Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology

Old French and old Occitan both have access to the resumptive particle SI that occurs in second position of the clause, between a fronted constituent and the finite verb. In this paper, the ... More


Constructional change in Germanic

Peter W. Culicover

in Language Change, Variation, and Universals

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9780198865391
eISBN:
9780191897757
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198865391.003.0008
Subject:
Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology, Theoretical Linguistics

This chapter tracks several of the major changes in English and German word order and accounts for them in terms of constructional change as formulated in Chapter 3. It argues that the changes are ... More


P and the Emergence of the Infinitival Left Periphery

Joachim Sabel

in Variation in P: Comparative Approaches to Adpositional Phrases

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
April 2020
ISBN:
9780190931247
eISBN:
9780190931285
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190931247.003.0006
Subject:
Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology

Languages differ with respect to whether they allow for infinitival interrogatives and infinitival relative clauses. In order to explain this variation, this chapter postulates the ... More


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