Morphosyntactic Change: Functional and Formal Perspectives

Morphosyntactic Change: Functional and Formal Perspectives

by Olga Fischer
     
 

ISBN-10: 0199267057

ISBN-13: 9780199267057

Pub. Date: 03/01/2007

Publisher: Oxford University Press

A critical comparison of morphosyntactic change and the mechanisms that trigger it, this book 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.

Overview

A critical comparison of morphosyntactic change and the mechanisms that trigger it, this book 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199267057
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
03/01/2007
Series:
Oxford Surveys in Syntax & Morphology Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
396
Product dimensions:
9.60(w) x 6.50(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

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

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