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Title: Diachronic Clues to Synchronic Grammar
Series Title: Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today 72

This volume emphasizes a new line of thinking in generative grammar which acknowledges that certain synchronic properties of languages can only be fully understood if diachronic data is taken into consideration. The central topics addressed in this collection of papers are (1) a critical assessment of the hypothesis that certain apparently synchronic generalizations are actually the result of the mechanisms of language change, (2) an inquiry into how diachronic data can be used to evaluate and shape formal analyses of particular synchronic phenomena. Reviving the interest in diachronic explanations for synchronic data, the contributions provide novel and original diachronic accounts of phenomena that up to now have escaped a deeper synchronic explanation, including the nature of EPP features, gaps in the distribution of complementizer agreement, and counterexamples to the generalization that rich verbal inflection correlates with verb movement.

Table of contents

Preface vii

Eric Fuß and Carola Trips 1–29

On the development of possessive determiners: Consequences for DP structure
Artemis Alexiadou 31–58

Diachronic Clues to Pro-drop and complementizer agreement in Bavarian
Eric Fuß 59–100

Syntactic effects of inflectional morphology and competing Grammars
Eric Haeberli 101–130

Language change versus grammar change: What diachronic data reveal about the distinction between core grammar and periphery
Roland Hinterhölzl 131–160

The EPP, fossilized movement and reanalysis
Andrew Simpson 161–189

Restructuring and the development of functional categories
Zoe Wu 191–217

Index 219–226

Publication Year: 2004
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Subject Language(s): Bavarian
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1588115879
ISBN-13: 9781588115874
Pages: viii, 228 pp.
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ISBN: 9027227969
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Pages: viii, 228 pp.
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