LINGUIST List 12.626

Tue Mar 6 2001

Books: Historical Linguistics

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  1. Paul Peranteau, Historical Ling: The Lexical Basis of Grammatical Borrowing by King

Message 1: Historical Ling: The Lexical Basis of Grammatical Borrowing by King

Date: Mon, 05 Mar 2001 11:45:17 -0500
From: Paul Peranteau <>
Subject: Historical Ling: The Lexical Basis of Grammatical Borrowing by King

John Benjamins Publishing announces a new work in Historical Linguistics:

The Lexical Basis of Grammatical Borrowing.
A Prince Edward Island French case study.
Ruth KING (York University)
Current Issues in Linguistic Theory 209
US & Canada: 1 58811 014 1 / USD 91.00 (Hardcover)
Rest of world: 90 272 3716 6 / NLG 200.00 (Hardcover)

This book is a detailed study of French-English linguistic borrowing
in Prince Edward Island, Canada which argues for the centrality of
lexical innovation to grammatical change. Chapters 1-4 present the
theoretical and methodological perspectives adopted along with the
sociolinguistic history of Acadian French. Chapter 5 outlines the
basic features of Acadian French morphosyntax. Chapter 6 provides an
overview of the linguistic consequences of language contact in Prince
Edward Island. Chapters 7-9 consider three particular cases of
grammatical borrowing: the borrowing of the English adverb back and
the semantic and syntactic reanalysis it has undergone, the borrowing
of a wide range of English prepositions, resulting in dramatic changes
in the syntactic behaviour of French prepositions, and the borrowing
of English wh-ever words, resulting in the emergence of a new type of
free relative. Chapter 10 argues for a theory of grammar contact by
which contact-induced grammatical change is mediated by the lexicon.

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