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LINGUIST List 19.957

Fri Mar 21 2008

Books: Historical Ling/Ling Theories: Detges, Waltereit (Eds)

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        1.    Paul Peranteau, The Paradox of Grammatical Change: Detges, Waltereit (Eds)


Message 1: The Paradox of Grammatical Change: Detges, Waltereit (Eds)
Date: 19-Mar-2008
From: Paul Peranteau <paulbenjamins.com>
Subject: The Paradox of Grammatical Change: Detges, Waltereit (Eds)
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Title: The Paradox of Grammatical Change
Subtitle: Perspectives from Romance
Series Title: Current Issues in Linguistic Theory 293
Published: 2008
Publisher: John Benjamins
                http://www.benjamins.com/

Book URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=CILT%20293

Editor: Ulrich Detges
Editor: Richard Waltereit
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027248084 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 110.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027248084 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 149.00
Abstract:

Recent years have seen intense debates between formal (generative) and
functional linguists, particularly with respect to the relation between
grammar and usage. This debate is directly relevant to diachronic
linguistics, where one and the same phenomenon of language change can be
explained from various theoretical perspectives. In this, a close look at
the divergent and/or convergent evolution of a richly documented language
family such as Romance promises to be useful. The basic problem for any
approach to language change is what Eugenio Coseriu has termed the
paradox of change: if synchronically, languages can be viewed as
perfectly running systems, then there is no reason why they should change
in the first place. And yet, as everyone knows, languages are changing
constantly. In nine case studies, a number of renowned scholars of Romance
linguistics address the explanation of grammatical change either within a
broadly generative or a functional framework.

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
                            Linguistic Theories

Written In: English (eng )

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