Oxford Surveys in Syntax & Morphology
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Oxford Surveys in Syntax & Morphology

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ISBN-13:
9780199267057
Einband:
Taschenbuch
Erscheinungsdatum:
01.12.2006
Seiten:
396
Autor:
Olga Fischer
Gewicht:
680 g
Format:
241x168x23 mm
Serie:
Oxford Surveys in Syntax and M
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:

PART I GENERAL ISSUES IN MORPHOSYNTACTIC CHANGE ; 1. What is 'Good Practice' in Historical Linguistics: Aims and Methods ; 2. Conflict and Reconciliation: Two Theories Compared ; 3. Principles, Mechanisms, and Causes of Change ; PART II CASE STUDIES ; 4. A Paradigm Case: The Story of the Modals (and other auxiliaries) ; 5. From Discourse to (morpho)syntax and Vice Versa: The Case of Clause-fusion ; 6. Subjectification, Scope, and Word Order ; 7. Towards a Usage-based Theory of Morphosyntactic Change: Summary and Conclusions ; References ; Index
Olga Fischer presents a critical analysis of morphosyntactic change and the mechanisms that trigger it. She shows how changes in discourse, lexicon, semantics, pragmatics, and sound interact with changes in morphosyntax, and considers the interface between the internal and external factors of change. She reveals how rates and speed of change in morphosyntax can be used to explore the degree to which grammar is innate or learned. Her book will be of central interestand value to students of linguistic change, at graduate level and above.