Parameters of Morphosyntactic Change

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The contributors to this volume, including many of the leading figures in diachronic generative syntax, address the issue of how to model the phenomena of syntactic and morphological change within recent frameworks, in particular the Minimalist Program. There is a substantial introduction which reviews the development of ideas in generative historical syntax over the last 15 years, and assesses the distinctive properties of the generative position.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521584029
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/1997
  • Pages: 558
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 1.18 (d)

Table of Contents

List of contributors
Parameters and morphosyntactic change 1
Pt. 1 Aspect, argument structure and case selection 27
1 The interdependence of case, aspect and referentiality in the history of German: the case of the verbal genitive 29
2 The rise of the article in the Germanic languages 62
3 The diachronic development of a modal verb of necessity 94
4 Auxiliary verbs in Old and Middle French: a diachronic study of substitutive faire and a comparison with the Modern English auxiliaries 119
5 Commentary on part 1: aspect, argument structure and case selection 134
Pt. 2 Clitics 147
6 The emergence of the D-system in Romance 149
7 On two locations for complement clitic pronouns: Serbo-Croatian, Bulgarian and Old Spanish 170
8 On the integration of second position phenomena 207
Pt. 3 Verb second and comp 251
9 Shifting triggers and diachronic reanalyses 253
10 Viewing change in progress: the loss of V2 in Hiberno-English imperatives 273
11 Verb movement in Old and Middle English: dialect variation and language contact 297
12 V2 and embedded topicalization in Old and Middle English 326
13 Qu'est-ce que ce que? The diachronic evolution of a French complementizer 353
14 The structure of parametric change, and V-movement in the history of English 380
Pt. 4 Scrambling and morphological case 395
15 Directionality and word order change in the history of English 397
16 On the relation between morphological and syntactic case 427
17 The rise of positional licensing 460
18 The chapters by Kiparsky, Roberts and Weerman: an epilogue 495
References 509
Index 539
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