The Linguistic Cycle: Language Change and the Language Faculty

The Linguistic Cycle: Language Change and the Language Faculty

by Elly van Gelderen
     
 

ISBN-10: 0199756058

ISBN-13: 9780199756056

Pub. Date: 04/08/2011

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Elly van Gelderen provides examples of linguistic cycles from a number of languages and language families, along with an account of the linguistic cycle in terms of minimalist economy principles. A cycle involves grammaticalization from lexical to functional category followed by renewal. Some well-known cycles involve negatives, where full negative phrases are

Overview

Elly van Gelderen provides examples of linguistic cycles from a number of languages and language families, along with an account of the linguistic cycle in terms of minimalist economy principles. A cycle involves grammaticalization from lexical to functional category followed by renewal. Some well-known cycles involve negatives, where full negative phrases are reanalyzed as words and affixes and are then renewed by full phrases again. Verbal agreement is another example: full pronouns are reanalyzed as agreement markers and are renewed again. Each chapter provides data on a separate cycle from a myriad of languages. Van Gelderen argues that the cross-linguistic similarities can be seen as Economy Principles present in the initial cognitive system or Universal Grammar. She further claims that some of the cycles can be used to classify a language as analytic or synthetic, and she provides insight into the shape of the earliest human language and how it evolved.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199756056
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
04/08/2011
Pages:
464
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.40(d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Linguistic Cycles and Economy
Part I
Chapter 2. The Subject Agreement Cycle
Chapter 3. The Object Agreement Cycle
Chapter 4. The Copula Agreement Cycle
Part II
Chapter 5. The Dependent Marking Cycles
Chapter 6. The DP Cycle
Part III
Chapter 7. TMA Cycles
Chapter 8. The Negative Cycles
Part IV
Chapter 9. Typology and Parameters
Chapter 10. Language Evolution
Chapter 11. Conclusion
References

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