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The paradox of grammatical change [electronic resource] : perspectives from romance / edited by Ulrich Detges, Richard Waltereit.

Contributor(s): Detges, Ulrich | Waltereit, Richard.
Material type: TextTextSeries: Amsterdam studies in the theory and history of linguistic scienceSeries IVCurrent issues in linguistic theory: v. 293.Publisher: Amsterdam ; Philadelphia : John Benjamins Pub., c2008Description: 1 online resource (252 p.) : ill.ISBN: 9789027291639 (electronic bk.); 9027291632 (electronic bk.); 9027248087 (cloth); 9789027248084 (cloth).Subject(s): Linguistic change | Grammar, Comparative and general | Romance languages -- Grammar, Historical | FOREIGN LANGUAGE STUDY -- French | FOREIGN LANGUAGE STUDY -- Romance Languages (Other)Genre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Paradox of grammatical change.DDC classification: 440/.045 Online resources: EBSCOhost
Contents:
The Paradox of Grammatical Change; Editorial page; Title page; LCC data; CONTENTS; ACKNOWLEDGMENTS; INTRODUCTION; SYNTACTIC CHANGE FROM WITHIN AND FROM WITHOUT SYNTAX; ON EXPLAINING THE RISE OF C'EST-CLEFTS IN FRENCH; THE ROLE OF THE PLURAL SYSTEM IN ROMANCE; MORPHOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENTS AFFECTING SYNTACTIC CHANGE; GRAMMATICALISATION WITHIN THE IP-DOMAIN; IMPERFECT SYSTEMS AND DIACHRONIC CHANGE; FROM TEMPORAL TO MODAL; NON-LEXICAL CORE-ARGUMENTS IN BASQUE, GERMAN AND ROMANCE; TOWARDS A COMPREHENSIVE VIEW OF LANGUAGE CHANGE; SUBJECT INDEX; The series CURRENT ISSUES IN LINGUISTIC THEORY.
Summary: Recent years have seen intense debates between formal (generative) and functional linguists, particularly with respect to the relation between grammar and usage. This debate is directly relevant to diachronic linguistics, where one and the same phenomenon of language change can be explained from various theoretical perspectives. In this, a close look at the divergent and/or convergent evolution of a richly documented language family such as Romance promises to be useful. The basic problem for any approach to language change is what Eugenio Coseriu has termed the paradox of change: if synchroni.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

The Paradox of Grammatical Change; Editorial page; Title page; LCC data; CONTENTS; ACKNOWLEDGMENTS; INTRODUCTION; SYNTACTIC CHANGE FROM WITHIN AND FROM WITHOUT SYNTAX; ON EXPLAINING THE RISE OF C'EST-CLEFTS IN FRENCH; THE ROLE OF THE PLURAL SYSTEM IN ROMANCE; MORPHOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENTS AFFECTING SYNTACTIC CHANGE; GRAMMATICALISATION WITHIN THE IP-DOMAIN; IMPERFECT SYSTEMS AND DIACHRONIC CHANGE; FROM TEMPORAL TO MODAL; NON-LEXICAL CORE-ARGUMENTS IN BASQUE, GERMAN AND ROMANCE; TOWARDS A COMPREHENSIVE VIEW OF LANGUAGE CHANGE; SUBJECT INDEX; The series CURRENT ISSUES IN LINGUISTIC THEORY.

Recent years have seen intense debates between formal (generative) and functional linguists, particularly with respect to the relation between grammar and usage. This debate is directly relevant to diachronic linguistics, where one and the same phenomenon of language change can be explained from various theoretical perspectives. In this, a close look at the divergent and/or convergent evolution of a richly documented language family such as Romance promises to be useful. The basic problem for any approach to language change is what Eugenio Coseriu has termed the paradox of change: if synchroni.

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