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LINGUIST List 24.4967

Thu Dec 05 2013

Books: The Diachronic Typology of Non-Canonical Subjects: Serzant, Kulikov (Eds)

Editor for this issue: Justin Petro <justinlinguistlist.org>

Date: 03-Dec-2013
From: Karin Plijnaar <karin.plijnaarbenjamins.nl>
Subject: The Diachronic Typology of Non-Canonical Subjects: Serzant, Kulikov (Eds)
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Title: The Diachronic Typology of Non-Canonical Subjects
Series Title: Studies in Language Companion Series 140
Published: 2013
Publisher: John Benjamins
                http://www.benjamins.com/

Book URL: http://benjamins.com/catalog/slcs.140

Editor: Ilja A. Serzant
Editor: Leonid Kulikov
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027271303 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 149.00
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027271303 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 99.00
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027271303 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 83.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027206077 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 104.94
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027206077 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 83.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027206077 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 149.00
Abstract:

This volume is an important contribution to the diachrony of non-canonical subjects in a typological perspective. The questions addressed concern the internal mechanisms and triggers for various changes that non-canonical subjects undergo, ranging from semantic motivations to purely structural explanations. The discussion encompasses the whole life-cycle of non-canonical subjects: from their emergence out of non-subject arguments to their expansion, demise or canonicization, focusing primarily on syntactic changes and changes in case-marking. The volume offers a number of different case studies comprising such languages as Italian, Spanish, Old Norse and Russian as well as languages less studied in this context, such as Latin, Classical Armenian, Baltic languages and some East Caucasian languages. Typological generalizations in the form of recurrent developmental paths are offered on the basis of data presented in this volume and in the literature.

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
                            Syntax
                            Typology

Subject Language(s): Armenian, Classical (xcl)
                            Italian (ita)
                            Latin (lat)
                            Norse, Old (non)
                            Russian (rus)
                            Spanish (spa)
Language Family(ies): Baltic
                            East Caucasian

Written In: English (eng)

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