Continuity and Change in Grammar

ORCID logoAnne Breitbarth | Ghent University
Christopher Lucas | University of Cambridge
ORCID logoSheila Watts | University of Cambridge
ORCID logoDavid Willis | University of Cambridge
ISBN 9789027255426 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
ISBN 9789027288073 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
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One of the principal challenges of historical linguistics is to explain the causes of language change. Any such explanation, however, must also address the ‘actuation problem’: why is it that changes occurring in a given language at a certain time cannot be reliably predicted to recur in other languages, under apparently similar conditions? The sixteen contributions to the present volume each aim to elucidate various aspects of this problem, including: What processes can be identified as the drivers of change? How central are syntax-external (phonological, lexical or contact-based) factors in triggering syntactic change? And how can all of these factors be reconciled with the actuation problem? Exploring data from a wide range of languages from both a formal and a functional perspective, this book promises to be of interest to advanced students and researchers in historical linguistics, syntax and their intersection.
[Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today, 159] 2010.  viii, 359 pp.
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CFK: Grammar, syntax

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LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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