The Determinants of Diachronic Stability

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ORCID logoAnne Breitbarth | Ghent University
ORCID logoMiriam Bouzouita | Ghent University
ORCID logoLieven Danckaert | University of Lille
Melissa Farasyn | Ghent University
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While much of the literature has focused on explaining diachronic variation and change, the fact that sometimes change does not seem to happen has received much less attention. The current volume unites ten contributions that look for the determinants of diachronic stability, mainly in the areas of morphology and (morpho)syntax. The relevant question is approached from different angles, both empirical and theoretical. Empirically, the contributions deal with the absence of change where one may expect it, uncover underlying stability where traditionally diachronic change was postulated, and, inversely, superficial stability that disguises underlying change. Determining factors ranging from internal causes to language contact are explored. Theoretically, the questions of whether stable variation is possible, and how it can be modeled are addressed. The volume will be of interest to linguists working on the causes of language change, and to scholars working on the history of Germanic, Romance, and Sinitic languages.
[Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today, 254] 2019.  vi, 294 pp.
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Meyer, Robin
2023. Towards a Typology of Contact‐Induced Change: Questions, Problems and the Path Ahead. Transactions of the Philological Society 121:3  pp. 336 ff. DOI logo
Trudgill, Peter
2020. Sociolinguistic typology and the speed of linguistic change. Journal of Historical Sociolinguistics 6:2 DOI logo

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Main BIC Subject

CFF: Historical & comparative linguistics

Main BISAC Subject

LAN009010: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Historical & Comparative
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