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LINGUIST List 23.3354

Thu Aug 09 2012

Books: Relative Clauses in Time and Space: Hendery

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

Date: 07-Aug-2012
From: Paul Peranteau <paulbenjamins.com>
Subject: Relative Clauses in Time and Space: Hendery
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Title: Relative Clauses in Time and Space
Subtitle: A case study in the methods of diachronic typology
Series Title: Typological Studies in Language 101
Published: 2012
Publisher: John Benjamins
                http://www.benjamins.com/

Book URL: http://benjamins.com/catalog/tsl.101

Author: Rachel Hendery
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027273680 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 143.00
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027273680 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 95.00
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027273680 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 80.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027206824 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 100.70
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027206824 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 95.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027206824 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 143.00
Abstract:

This book presents a comprehensive survey of historically attested relative clause constructions from a diachronic typological perspective. Systematic integration of historical data and a typological approach demonstrates how typology and historical linguistics can each benefit from attention to the other. The diachronic behaviour of relative clauses is mapped across a broad range of genetically and geographically diverse languages. Central to the discussion is the strength of evidence for what have previously been claimed to be 'natural' or even 'universal' pathways of change. While many features of relative clause constructions are found to be remarkably stable over long periods of time, it is shown that language contact seems to be the crucial factor that does trigger change when it occurs. These results point to the importance of incorporating the effects of language contact into models of language change rather than viewing contact situations as exceptional. The findings of this study have implications for the definition of relative clauses, their syntactic structures and the relationships between the different 'subtypes' of this construction, as well as offering new directions for the integration of typological and historical linguistic research.

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
                            Syntax
                            Typology

Written In: English (eng)

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