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LINGUIST List 23.3283

Thu Aug 02 2012

Books: Information Structure and Syntactic Change in the History of English: Meurman-Solin, López-Couso, Los

Editor for this issue: Danniella Hornby <daniellalinguistlist.org>

Date: 01-Aug-2012
From: Zach Borenstein <zach.borensteinoup.com>
Subject: Information Structure and Syntactic Change in the History of English: Meurman-Solin, López-Couso, Los
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Title: Information Structure and Syntactic Change in the History of
English
Published: 2012
Publisher: Oxford University Press
                http://www.oup.com/us

Book URL: http://www.us.oup.com/us/catalog/general/subject/Linguistics/?view=usa&ci=9780199860210

Author: Anneli Meurman-Solin
Author: María José López-Couso
Author: Bettelou Los
Hardback: ISBN: 0199860211 9780199860210 Pages: 352 Price: U.S. $ 74
Abstract:

"Information Structure and Syntactic Change in the History of English" is the first book to apply information structure as it relates to language change to a corpus-based analysis of a wide range of features in the evolution of English syntax and grammars of prose in long diachrony. Its unifying topic is the role of information structure, broadly conceived, as it interacts with the other levels of linguistic description, syntax, morphology, prosody, semantics and pragmatics. The volume comprises twelve chapters by leading scholars who take a variety of theoretical and methodological approaches. Their work affirms, among other things, that motivations for selecting a particular syntactic option vary from information structure in the strict sense to discourse organization, or a particular style or register, and can also be associated with external forces such as the development of a literary culture.

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
                            Syntax

Subject Language(s): English (eng)

Written In: English (eng)

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