Information structure and language change [electronic resource] : new approaches to word order variation in Germanic / edited by Roland Hinterh�olzl, Svetlana Petrova.Material type: TextSeries: Trends in linguistics. Studies and monographs ; ; 203.Publication details: Berlin ; New York : Mouton de Gruyter, c2009Description: 1 online resource (vi, 394 p.) : illISBN: 9783110216110 (electronic bk.); 3110216116 (electronic bk.)Subject(s): Germanic languages -- Word order | Germanic languages -- Syntax | FOREIGN LANGUAGE STUDY -- GermanGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Information structure and language change.DDC classification: 430/.045 LOC classification: PD380 | .I54 2009ebOnline resources: EBSCOhost
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Introduction / Roland Hinterh�olzl and Svetlana Petrova -- The role of information structure in the grammar -- The verb-second property in Old High German : different ways of filling the prefield / Katrin Axel -- The role of information structure in word order variation and word order change / Roland Hinterh�olzl -- OV languages: expressions of vues / �orbj�org Hr�oarsd�ottir -- Discourse relations and word order change / Ans van Kemenade -- Methodological problems of the information-structural analysis of data from historical text corpora -- On the methods of information-structural analysis in historical texts : a case study on Old High German / Svetlana Petrova and Michael Solf -- Paleographic clues to prosody? : accents, word separation, and related phenomena in Old High German manuscripts / J�urg Fleischer -- On the "syntax of silence" in Proto-Indo-European / Thomas Krisch -- Information-structural categories in the main texts of early German inheritance -- Word order variation and information structure in Old High German : an analysis of subordinate dhazs-clauses in Isidor / Eva Schlachter -- Information structure and word order variation in the Old High German Tatian / Svetlana Petrova -- Verb placement and information structure in the OHG Gospel Harmony by Otfrid von Weissenburg / Andreas L�otscher -- Translating information structure : a study of Notker's translation of Boethius's Latin De consolatione philosophiae into Old High German / Rosemarie L�uhr -- Aspects of word order and information structure in Old Saxon / Sonja Linde -- Subject index.
The volume presents new approaches to explaining word order variation and change in the Germanic languages and thus relates to one of the most prominent and widely discussed topics in the theory of language change and diachronic syntax. The novelty of our approach consists in three main points. First of all, we aim at describing functional variety in the field of word order and verb placement in the early Germanic languages not as a result of language contact, but rather as a language-internal phenomenon related to stylistic and grammatical conditions in information packaging. Second, given tha.
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