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LINGUIST List 16.3153

Tue Nov 01 2005

Books: Historical Linguistics/Morphology/Syntax: Fuß

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        1.    Paul Peranteau, The Rise of Agreement: Fuß

Message 1: The Rise of Agreement: Fuß
Date: 26-Oct-2005
From: Paul Peranteau <paulbenjamins.com>
Subject: The Rise of Agreement: Fuß

Title: The Rise of Agreement
Subtitle: A formal approach to the syntax and grammaticalization of verbal inflection
Series Title: Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today 81
Published: 2005
Publisher: John Benjamins

Book URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=LA%2081

Author: Eric Fuß, Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University
Hardback: ISBN: 9027228051 Pages: xii, 336 Price: U.S. $ 174.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9027228051 Pages: xii, 336 Price: Europe EURO 145.00

This book investigates the historical paths leading from pronouns to
markers of verbal agreement and proposes a unified formal account of this
grammaticalization process. In opposition to beliefs widely held in the
literature, it is argued that new agreement formatives can be coined in a
multitude of syntactic environments. Still, the individual paths toward
agreement are shown to exhibit a set of underlying similarities which are
attributed to universal principles that govern the reanalysis of pronominal
clitics as exponents of verbal agreement across languages. It is claimed
that syntactic principles impose only a set of necessary conditions on the
reanalysis in question, while its ultimate trigger is morphological in
nature. More specifically, it is argued that the acquisition of
inflectional morphology is governed by blocking effects which operate
during language acquisition and promote the grammaticalization of new
markers if this change serves to replace 'worn-out', underspecified forms
with new, more specified candidates.

Table of contents

Acknowledgements ix-x
Notes for the reader and list of abbreviations xi
Introduction 1-21
Theoretical preliminaries 23-53
The structural design of agreement 55-128
The transition from pronoun to inflectional marker 129-155
The reanalysis of C-oriented clitics 157-228
Morphological blocking and the rise of agreement 229-297
Concluding summary 299-304
References 305-324
Index 325-335

"This is the first empirically detailed, theoretically informed study of
the historical development of agreement marking in the context of a
generative approach to syntactic change. As such it represents a major
contribution to the field, and deserves a very wide readership."
Ian Roberts, University of Cambridge

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
                            Linguistic Theories

Written In: English (eng )

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