Syntactic Change: A Minimalist Approach to Grammaticalization

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The phenomenon of grammaticalization - the historical process whereby new grammatical material is created - has attracted a great deal of attention within linguistics in recent years. However, until now no attempt has been made to provide a general account of this phenomenon in terms of a formal theory of syntax. The aim of this new and original book is to do precisely that. Using Chomsky's Minimalist Programme for linguistic theory, Roberts and Roussou show how this approach gives rise to a number of important ...
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Overview

The phenomenon of grammaticalization - the historical process whereby new grammatical material is created - has attracted a great deal of attention within linguistics in recent years. However, until now no attempt has been made to provide a general account of this phenomenon in terms of a formal theory of syntax. The aim of this new and original book is to do precisely that. Using Chomsky's Minimalist Programme for linguistic theory, Roberts and Roussou show how this approach gives rise to a number of important conceptual and theoretical issues concerning the nature of functional categories and the form of parameters, as well as the relation of both of these to language change. Drawing on examples from a wide range of languages, they construct a general account of grammaticalization with implications for linguistic theory and language acquisition.
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"a welcome and unique contribution to the vast body of research on grammaticalization. It offers a perspective different from the more functionalist or cognitivist perspective one usually finds ... and it is well-organized, well-written, and well-argued. This work is a must-read for anyone seriously interested in the nature of syntactic change."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521066846
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 6/19/2008
  • Series: Cambridge Studies in Linguistics Series , #100
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Ian Roberts is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Cambridge.

Anna Roussou is Assistant Professor at the University of Patras, Greece.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction 1
1 Parameters, functional heads and language change 9
2 T elements 35
3 C elements 73
4 D elements 131
5 Theoretical consequences 194
References 237
Index of languages 257
Index of names 260
Index of subjects 264
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