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Clause Structure and Language Change : Oxford Studies in Comparative Syntax (Hardcover) - Adrian Battye

Clause Structure and Language Change

Oxford Studies in Comparative Syntax (Hardcover)

By: Adrian Battye (Editor), Ian Roberts (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 12th January 1995
ISBN: 9780195086324
Number Of Pages: 384

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The Principles-and-Parameters approach to linguistic theory has triggered an enormous amount of work in comparative syntax over the last decade or so. A natural consequence of the growth in synchronic comparative work has been a renewed interest in questions of diachronic syntax, and this collection testifies to that trend. These papers focus on questions of clause structure which have become a central theme of theoretical work since the pioneering work in the late 1980s by Chomsky, Pollock, and others. The languages studied by an international roster of contributors include all the major Romance and Germanic languages. This volume is of central importance for anyone working in theoretical, comparative, or historical syntax.

The book contains some excellent reassessments of Verb-second data available earlier as well as some new data on this elusive phenomenon...this is an extremely relevant collection of papers. * Studies in Language *

Adrian Battye and Ian Roberts: Introductionp. 3
The Diachrony of Verb Secondp. 29
David Lightfoot: "Why UG Needs a Learning Theory: Triggering Verb Movement"p. 31
Beatrice Santorini: "Two Types of Verb Second in the History of Yiddish"p. 53
Monique Lemieux and Fernande Dupuis: "The Locus of Verb Movement in Non-Asymmetric Verb-Second Languages: The Case of Middle French"p. 80
Ilza Ribeiro: "Evidence for a Verb-Second Phase in Old Portuguese"p. 110
Paul Kiparsky: "Indo-European Origins of Germanic Syntax"p. 140
Verb Second and the Null-Subject Parameterp. 171
Barbara Vance: "On the Decline of Verb Movement to Comp in Old and Middle French"p. 173
Christer Platzack: "The Loss of Verb Second in English and French"p. 200
Aafke Hulk and Ans van Kemenade: "Verb Second, Pro-drop, Functional Projections and Language Change"p. 227
Paul Hirschbuhler: "Null Subjects in Verb-First Embedded Clauses in Philippe de Vigneulles' Cent Nouvelles Nouvelles"p. 257
Clitics and Verb Secondp. 293
Cecilia Poletto: "The Diachronic Development of Subject Clitics in North Eastern Italian Dialects"p. 295
Paola Beninca: "Complement Clitics in Medieval Romance: the Tobler-Mussafia Law"p. 325
Alessandra Tomaselli: "Cases of Verb Third in Old High German"p. 345
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ISBN: 9780195086324
ISBN-10: 0195086325
Series: Oxford Studies in Comparative Syntax (Hardcover)
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 12th January 1995
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.77 x 16.2  x 2.95
Weight (kg): 0.63