Nonfinite Structures in Theory and Change

Nonfinite Structures in Theory and Change

by D. Gary Miller
     
 

ISBN-10: 0198299605

ISBN-13: 9780198299608

Pub. Date: 07/01/2002

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

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

Overview

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

Introduction
1. Case Checking and Accord
2. Tense and Nonfinite Clauses
3. Null Subjects and Control
4. Plain and Conjugated Infinitives
5. West Greenlandic
6. Small Clauses and ECM
7. The ECM Innovation in English
8. Infinitives in Older English
9. The -Ing Participle and Perception Complements
10. English Gerundials
11. History of English Gerundials
12. Infinitive, Gerundive, Participle
Primary Sources
Editions of Older English Texts

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