LINGUIST List 12.1008

Tue Apr 10 2001

Books: Syntax

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  1. Kimberly Kahn, Syntax: Diachronic Syntax by Pintzuk, Tsoulas, & Warner

Message 1: Syntax: Diachronic Syntax by Pintzuk, Tsoulas, & Warner

Date: Tue, 10 Apr 2001 10:15:24 -0400
From: Kimberly Kahn <KRKOUP-USA.ORG>
Subject: Syntax: Diachronic Syntax by Pintzuk, Tsoulas, & Warner

DIACHRONIC SYNTAX: Models and Mechanisms
Edited by Susan Pintzuk, George Tsoulas, and Anthony Warner, 
all at the University of York

Linguistic theory has undergone deep changes since the early 1990's,
given the widespread impact of Chomsky's Minimalist Programme, Kayne's
Antisymmetry Theory, and Kayne's Theory of Overt Movement. This work
has brought into sharper focus questions concerning the architecture
of linguistic theory that have a direct impact on our understanding of
the process of change. Here, Pintzuk, Tsoulas, and Warner have
brought together chapters which demonstrate the pivotal position of
historical syntax within the larger domain of research into the
nature, use, and acquisition of language. They show how current work
in historical syntax is responsive to theoretical advances in
linguistic theory, language acquisition, sociolinguistics, and
theories of language use, as well as to less adjacent fields such as
statistical techniques and evolutionary biology.


Chapter 1: Economy and Syntactic Change, Susan Pintzuk, George Tsoulas, and 
 Anthony Warner 
Part I: Frameworks for the Understanding of Change
Chapter 2: The Theoretical Implications of Syntactic Infixation, Ian Roberts 
Chapter 3: Competition and Correspondence in Syntactic Change, Nigel Vincent 
Chapter 4: Negation and Verb Position in Gothic and Early West-Germanic, 
 Ans van Kemenade 
Chapter 5: Evolutionary Perspectives on Diachronic Syntax, Ted Briscoe 
Part II: The Comparative Basis of Diachronic Syntax 
Chapter 6: Adjuncts and the Syntax of Subjects in Old and Middle English, 
 Eric Haeberli 
Chapter 7: Statistics and Grammar, Anthony Kroch and Ann Taylor 
Part III: Mechanisms of Syntactic Change: Features and Categories 
Chapter 8: The Value of Ds from Old Spanish to Modern Spanish, Montse Battlori
 and Francesc Roca 
Chapter 9: Polarity Items in Romance, Ana Maria Martins 
Chapter10: Relabelling, John Whitman 
Part IV: Mechanisms of Syntactic Change: Movement 
Chapter11: OV/VO Variation in Old Swedish, Lars-Olof Delsing 
Chapter12: The Evolution of do-support in English Imperatives, Chung-hye Han 
Chapter13: Verb Movement in Dutch Present-Participle Clauses, Jack Hoeksema 
Chapter14: Interacting Movements in the History of Icelandic, 
 Thorbj�rg Hr�arsd�ttir 
Chapter15: Null Subjects in Middle English Existentials, Alexander Williams 
Chapter16: Reanalysis in the Russian Conditional, David Willis

April 2001 392 pp.; 6 line illus
0-19-825027-4 paper $39.95
0-19-825026-6 cloth $90.00
Oxford University Press
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