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LINGUIST List 22.1410

Sat Mar 26 2011

Books: Cognitive Science/General Ling/Historical Ling: van Gelderen

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        1.     Allison Finkel , The Linguistic Cycle: van Gelderen

Message 1: The Linguistic Cycle: van Gelderen
Date: 25-Mar-2011
From: Allison Finkel <allison.finkeloup.com>
Subject: The Linguistic Cycle: van Gelderen
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Title: The Linguistic Cycle
Subtitle: Language Change and the Language Faculty
Published: 2011
Publisher: Oxford University Press
                http://www.oup.com/us

Book URL: http://www.us.oup.com/us/catalog/general/?queryField=keyword&query=9780199756049&view=usa&viewVerity

Author: Elly van Gelderen
Hardback: ISBN: 9780199756056 Pages: 434 Price: U.S. $ 99.00 Comment: £60.00
Paperback: ISBN: 9780199756049 Pages: 434 Price: U.S. $ 49.95 Comment: £32.50
Abstract:

Elly van Gelderen provides examples of linguistic cycles from a number of
languages and language families, along with an account of the linguistic
cycle in terms of minimalist economy principles. A cycle involves
grammaticalization from lexical to functional category followed by renewal.
Some well-known cycles involve negatives, where full negative phrases are
reanalyzed as words and affixes and are then renewed by full phrases again.
Verbal agreement is another example: full pronouns are reanalyzed as
agreement markers and are renewed again. Each chapter provides data on a
separate cycle from a myriad of languages. Van Gelderen argues that the
cross-linguistic similarities can be seen as Economy Principles present in
the initial cognitive system or Universal Grammar. She further claims that
some of the cycles can be used to classify a language as analytic or
synthetic, and she provides insight into the shape of the earliest human
language and how it evolved.

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science
                            General Linguistics
                            Historical Linguistics
                            Syntax

Written In: English (eng )

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