Nonfinite Structures in Theory and Change

Nonfinite Structures in Theory and Change

by D. Gary Miller
     
 

This book seeks to answer the questions: why do grammars change, and why is the rate of such change so variable? A principal focus is on changes in English between the Anglo-Saxon and early modern periods. The author frames his analysis in a comparative framework with extended discussions of language change in a wide range of other Indo-European languages. He

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This book seeks to answer the questions: why do grammars change, and why is the rate of such change so variable? A principal focus is on changes in English between the Anglo-Saxon and early modern periods. The author frames his analysis in a comparative framework with extended discussions of language change in a wide range of other Indo-European languages. He deploys Chomsky's minimalist framework in a fruitful marriage of comparative and theoretical linguistics within an argument that will be accessible to practitioners in both fields.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198299608
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
07/01/2002
Series:
Oxford Linguistics Ser.
Pages:
488
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 6.20(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Dating and Other Conventions
List of Abbreviations
Introduction1
1Case Checking and Accord11
2Tense and Nonfinite Clauses29
3Null Subjects and Control49
4Plain and Conjugated Infinitives75
5West Greenlandic111
6Small Clauses and ECM136
7The ECM Innovation in English157
8Infinitives in Older English187
9The -Ing Participle and Perception Complements242
10English Gerundials282
11History of English Gerundials315
12Infinitive, Gerundive, Participle351
Primary Sources: Texts in Old and Middle English383
Editions of Older English Texts402
References408
Language Index453
Subject Index457

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