This book deals with some of the major theoretical and descriptive concerns of the historical linguist. The author presents a variationist analysis of weak object pronoun placement in Greek during a transitional period of the language when these elements exhibited both clitic-like and affix-like behaviour. The statistical analysis of the data, providing the first accurate description of the pattern of variation, is used in showing that existing accounts fall short of a full explanation. An alternative approach forces re-evaluation of the role of generalizations in linguistic explanation.
|Publisher:||Palgrave Macmillan UK|
|Series:||Palgrave Studies in Language History and Language Change|
|Product dimensions:||5.00(w) x 7.99(h) x 0.03(d)|
About the Author
PANAYIOTIS A. PAPPAS is Assistant Professor of Linguistics at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada. His research interests include variation and language change, diachronic syntax and morphology, sociolinguistics and Greek linguistics.
Table of ContentsList of Figures List of Tables Preface List of Abbreviations Introduction Methodology Data Analysis Linguistic Parameters Non-linguistic Parameters Previous Proposals A Diachronic Perspective Theoretical Implications Appendix Notes References Index