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Date: Mon, 30 Apr 2001 11:43:17 -0400
From: Kimberly Kahn <KRKOUP-USA.ORG>
Subject: Modified Issue#12.1008, Diachronic Syntax


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.

Contents: 

Chapter 1: Syntactic Change: Theory and Method, Susan Pintzuk, George Tsoulas,
 and Anthony Warner 
 Part I: Frameworks for the Understanding of Change 
Chapter 2: Competition and Correspondence in Syntactic Change: 
 Null Arguments in Latin and Romance, Nigel Vincent 
Chapter 3: Jespersen's Cycle Revisited: Formal Properties of 
 Grammaticalization, Ans van Kemenade 
Chapter 4: Evolutionary Perspectives on Diachronic Syntax, Ted Briscoe 
 Part II: The Comparative Basis of Diachronic Syntax 
Chapter 5: Adjuncts and the Syntax of Subjects in Old and Middle English, 
 Eric Haeberli 
Chapter 6: Verb-Object Order in Early Middle English, Anthony Kroch and 
 Ann Taylor 
Chapter 7: Null Subjects in Middle English Existentials, Alexander Williams 
 Part III: Mechanisms of Syntactic Change:1. Features and Categories
Chapter 8: Polarity Items in Romance: Underspecification and Lexical Change, 
 Ana Maria Martins 
Chapter 9: Relabeling, John Whitman 2. Movement 
Chapter10: The Value of Definite Determiners from Old Spanish to 
 Modern Spanish, Montse Batllori and Francesc Roca 
Chapter11: From OV to VO in Swedish, Lars-Olof Delsing 
Chapter12: The Evolution of Do-support in English Imperatives, Chung-hye Han 
Chapter13: Interacting Movements in the History of Icelandic, 
 Thorbj�rg Hr�arsd�ttir 
Chapter14: Verb Movement in Slavonic Conditionals, 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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