Variation and Morphosyntactic Change in Greek: From Clitics to Affixes

Variation and Morphosyntactic Change in Greek: From Clitics to Affixes

by P. Pappas




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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781403913340
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan UK
Publication date: 12/19/2003
Series: Palgrave Studies in Language History and Language Change
Edition description: 2004
Pages: 185
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 Contents

List 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

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