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The Emergence and Development of SVO Patterning in Latin and French : Diachronic and Psycholinguistic Perspectives - Brigitte L. M. Bauer

The Emergence and Development of SVO Patterning in Latin and French

Diachronic and Psycholinguistic Perspectives

Hardcover Published: 1st December 1994
ISBN: 9780195091038
Number Of Pages: 258

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This book analyzes - in terms of branching - the pervasive reorganization of Latin syntactic and morphological structures: in the development from Latin to French, a shift can be observed from the archaic, left-branching structures (which Latin inherited from Proto-Indo-European) to modern right-branching equivalents.
Brigitte L.M. Bauer presents a detailed analysis of this development based on the theoretical discussion and definition of "branching" and "head." Subsequently she relates the diachronic shift to psycholinguistic evidence, arguing that the difficulty of left-branching complex structures as reflected in their painstaking and delayed acquisition accounts for the extensive typological shift from left to right branching that took place in Latin/French and the other Indo-European languages. The author uses data from child language acquisition studies to support her thought-provoking claim.

"Outstanding diachronic syntactic studies are few, which gives this excellent work special value...it should be on the working table of any Indo-Europeanist."--The Journal of Indo-European Studies "Outstanding diachronic syntactic studies are few, which gives this excellent work special value...it should be on the working table of any Indo-Europeanist."--The Journal of Indo-European Studies

Prefacep. vii
Introductionp. 3
The Definition of Headp. 18
Diachronic Analysis: The Noun Phrasep. 47
Diachronic Analysis: The Verb Phrasep. 85
Diachronic Analysis: Early Right-Branching Structuresp. 128
The Acquisition of Branchingp. 168
Conclusionp. 213
Referencesp. 219
Indexp. 237
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ISBN: 9780195091038
ISBN-10: 0195091035
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 258
Published: 1st December 1994
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.0 x 16.4  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.56