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Principles of Diachronic Syntax : Cambridge Studies in Linguistics - David Lightfoot

Principles of Diachronic Syntax

Cambridge Studies in Linguistics

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Published: 11th June 1979
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The study of syntactic change has been much neglected in the past. Historical linguists have tended to concentrate on phonology, lexis and morphology whilst most theoretical studies of syntax have been deliberately synchronic in intention. In particular, theories of generative grammar have not been responsive to diachronic data and a fortiori have not yielded a convincing account of language change or of the interrelationships between different kinds of change. This study will be of interest to a wide range of linguists. It offers one of the first systematic accounts of a difficult and important topic, with implications for the whole field of linguistics and language study.

Foreword
Preliminaries
A paradigm case: The English modals
A theory of change
More category changes
Changes in the lexicon
On cyclic transformations
The causes of reanalysis
Bibliography
Citation index
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ISBN: 9780521293501
ISBN-10: 0521293502
Series: Cambridge Studies in Linguistics
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 440
Published: 11th June 1979
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.64