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Parameters of Morphosyntactic Change - Ans van Kemenade

Parameters of Morphosyntactic Change

By: Ans van Kemenade (Editor), Nigel Vincent (Editor)

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Published: 30th June 1997
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The relationship between changes in (inflectional) morphology and the consequences of these changes in syntax has been a perennial issue in historical linguistics. The contributors to this volume address the issue of how to model the phenomena of syntactic and morphological change within recent frameworks, including the Minimalist Programme. Topics addressed include the way categories like aspect and mood interact over time with the valency of verbs; the nature of changes in verb placement; the changing division of labor between different types of argument marking--case, word order, clitics, agreement. The volume contains chapters by many of the leading scholars in the field. There is a substantial introduction which reviews the development of ideas in generative historical syntax over the last fifteen years, and assesses the distinctive properties of the generative position. The volume will appeal to those working in theoretical syntax, and also to specialists in the history of German, French and the Romance and Germanic languages more broadly.

Introduction: Parameters and morphosyntactic change
Aspect, argument structure and case selection
The interdependence of case, aspect and referentiality in the history of German
The rise of the article in the Germanic languages
The diachronic development of a modal verb of necessity
Auxiliary verbs in Old and Middle French
Commentary on part I: aspect, argument structure and case selection Alessandra Tomaselli
Clitics
The emergence of the D-system in Romance
On two locations for complement clitic pronouns
On the integration of second position phenomena
Verb second and comp
Shifting triggers and diachronic reanalyses
Viewing change in progress
Verb movement in Old and Middle English
V2 and embedded topicalization in Old and Middle English
Qu'est-ce que ce que: the diachronic evolution of a French complementizer
The structure of parametric change, and V-movement in the history of English
Scrambling and morphological change
Directionality and word order change in the history of English
On the relation between morphological and syntactic case
The rise of positional licensing
The papers by Kiparsky, Roberts and Weerman: an epilogue Hoskuldur Thrainsson
References
Index
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ISBN: 9780521586436
ISBN-10: 0521586437
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 558
Published: 30th June 1997
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.9
Weight (kg): 0.74