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Diachronic Syntax : Oxford Textbooks in Linguistics - Ian Roberts

Diachronic Syntax

Oxford Textbooks in Linguistics

Paperback Published: 1st January 2007
ISBN: 9780199253982
Number Of Pages: 528

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This is an introduction to syntactic change from the perspective of generative theory. Generative diachronic syntax has developed since the inception of the principles and parameters approach to comparative syntax in the early 1980s and have become increasingly important in historical linguistics and generative theory: it acts as a bridge between them and has provided insights to both. The generative approach was developed to account for synchronic variation: Ian Roberts shows how it may be used to understand how and why languages change. He relates work in historical linguistics to contemporary work on universal grammar and historical syntactic variation. He explains how standard questions in historical linguistics - including word-order change, grammaticalisation, and reanalysis - can be helpfully explored in terms of current generative syntax. He examinbes the nature of the links between syntactic change and first-language acquisition and language learnability and concludes by considering the short and long-term effects of language contact. Professor Roberts illustrates his exposition with numerous examples from a range of different languages and provides guides to further reading and a comprehensive glossary.

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Diachronic syntax will serve as an incentive and inspiration for generative researchers of historical linguistics. Marion Elenbass, Journal of Linguistics

1: Comparative and Historical Syntax in the Principles and Parameters Approach 2: Types of Syntactic Change 3: Acquisition, Learnability, and Syntactic Change 4: The Dynamics of Syntactic Change 5: Contact, Creoles, and Change Readings Epilogue Acronyms and Abbreviations References

ISBN: 9780199253982
ISBN-10: 0199253986
Series: Oxford Textbooks in Linguistics
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 528
Published: 1st January 2007
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 17.02  x 2.79
Weight (kg): 0.91