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LINGUIST List 20.2999

Mon Sep 07 2009

Books: Syntax/Historical Ling: Hinterhölzl, Petrova (Eds)

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        1.    Julia Ulrich, Information Structure and Language Change: Hinterhölzl, Petrova (Eds)

Message 1: Information Structure and Language Change: Hinterhölzl, Petrova (Eds)
Date: 07-Sep-2009
From: Julia Ulrich <julia.ulrichdegruyter.com>
Subject: Information Structure and Language Change: Hinterhölzl, Petrova (Eds)
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Title: Information Structure and Language Change
Subtitle: New Approaches to Word Order Variation in Germanic
Series Title: Trends in Linguistics. Studies and Monographs [TiLSM] 203
Published: 2009
Publisher: Mouton de Gruyter

Book URL: http://degruyter.de/cont/fb/sk/detailEn.cfm?id=IS-9783110205916-1

Editor: Roland Hinterhölzl
Editor: Svetlana Petrova
Electronic: ISBN: 9783110216110 Pages: 394 Price: U.S. $ 165.00 Comment: for orders placed in North America
Electronic: ISBN: 9783110216110 Pages: 394 Price: Europe EURO 132.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9783110205916 Pages: 394 Price: Europe EURO 118.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9783110205916 Pages: 394 Price: U.S. $ 165.00 Comment: for orders placed in North America

The volume presents new approaches to explaining word order variation and
change in the Germanic languages and thus relates to one of the most
prominent and widely discussed topics in the theory of language change and
diachronic syntax.

The novelty of our approach consists in three main points. First of all, we
aim at describing functional variety in the field of word order and verb
placement in the early Germanic languages not as a result of language
contact, but rather as a language-internal phenomenon related to stylistic
and grammatical conditions in information packaging. Second, given that
information structure is not directly accessible in texts from historical
corpora that are available only in written form and bear no or little
information on prosody and intonation, it presents various methods of
retrieving information-structural categories in such texts. Third, it
presents empirical studies on the relation between word order and
information structure of the four main texts of the Old High German period
and embeds these results in the wider picture of word order change in

The volume will be of interest to students of German, English, and general
linguistics as well as to researchers interested in diachronic syntax,
philology of Older German, language change, information structure,
discourse semantics, language typology, computational linguistics, and
corpus studies.

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics

Subject Language(s): Old High German (goh)
Language Family(ies): Germanic

Written In: English (eng )

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