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Syntactic Change : A Minimalist Approach to Grammaticalization - Ian Roberts

Syntactic Change

A Minimalist Approach to Grammaticalization


Published: 15th September 2003
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The phenomenon of grammaticalization--the historical process whereby new grammatical material is created--has attracted a great deal of attention within linguistics in recent years. This book shows how this approach leads to a number of important conceptual and theoretical issues concerning the nature of functional categories and the form of parameters, as well as the relation of both of these to language change.

From the hardback review: 'In this book, Roberts and Roussou articulate the most radical and intriguing analysis of grammaticalisation to emerge within the formalist tradition in many years ... The impressive range of empirical studies combined with deep theoretical insight and flawless formal rigor make this book required reading for anyone interested in syntactic change and in minimalist syntax in general. This is comparative and diachronic syntax at its very best.' George Tsoulas, Lecturer, Department of Language and Linguistic Science, University of York

Parameters, functional heads and language change
Theoretical consequences
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ISBN: 9780521790567
ISBN-10: 0521790565
Series: Cambridge Studies in Linguistics
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 15th September 2003
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.59