Historical Linguistics 2001: Selected Papers from the 15th International Conference on Historical Linguistics, Melbourne, 13-17 August 2001

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This is a selection of papers from the 15th International Conference on Historical Linguistics held in Melbourne 13-17 August 2001, hosted by the Linguistics Program at La Trobe University. The papers range from the general theoretical to the study of particular languages and embrace most areas of linguistics, particularly morpho-syntax.

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This is a selection of papers from the 15th International Conference on Historical Linguistics held in Melbourne 13-17 August 2001, hosted by the Linguistics Program at La Trobe University. The papers range from the general theoretical to the study of particular languages and embrace most areas of linguistics, particularly morpho-syntax.

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Contributors' addresses
Preface
Language contact and language change in Amazonia 1
Grammaticalization and the historical development of the genitive in Mainland Scandinavian 21
Beyond the comparative method? 33
The transition from early to modern Portuguese - An approach from historical sociolinguistics 59
Isomorphism and language change 71
From purposive/future to present: Shifting temporal categories in the Pilbara languages of north west Western Australia 87
The formation of periphrastic perfects and passives in Europe: An areal approach 105
The grammaticalization of movement: Word order change in Nordic 129
Paths of development for modal meanings: Evidence from the Finnic potential mood 143
On degrammaticalization 163
Process inhibition in historical phonology 181
Reconsidering the canons of sound-change: Towards a 'Big Bang' theory 205
Case in Middle Danish - A double content system 221
The development of some Indonesian pronominal systems 237
Morphological reconstruction as an etymological method 271
Labovian principles of vowel shifting revisited: The short vowel shift in New Zealand English and Southern Chinese 293
Conventional implicature and language change. The cyclic evolution of the emphatic pronouns in Romanian 303
The rise of IPs in the History of English 321
From subject to object: Case studies on Finnish 339
Meaning change in verbs: The case of strike 351
Borrowing as a tool for grammatical optimization in the history of German brand names 363
Pragmatic relevance as cause for syntactic change: The emergence of prepositional complementizers in Romance 377
Early Nordic language history and modern runology - With particular reference to reduction and prefix loss 391
On the interpretation of early evidence for ME vowel-change 403
On the reflexes of Proto-Germanic ai. The spellings ie, ei and ey in Middle Dutch 417
Index 431
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