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Title: Historical Linguistics 2003
Subtitle: Selected papers from the 16th International Conference on Historical Linguistics, Copenhagen, 11–15 August 2003
Edited By: Michael Fortescue
Eva Skafte Jensen
Jens Erik Mogensen
Lene Schøsler
URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=CILT%20257
Series Title: Current Issues in Linguistic Theory 257

This volume consists of 19 papers presented at the 16th International
Conference on Historical Linguistics, which was held in August 2003 in
Copenhagen and drew the largest number of participants and the widest array
of languages that this important biannual conference has ever had. As with
previous volumes, the papers selected cover a wide range of subjects
besides the core areas of historical linguistics, and this time include
studies on ethnolinguistics, grammaticalisation, language contact,
sociolinguistics, and typology. The individual languages treated include
Brazilian Portuguese, Chukchi, Korean, Danish, English, German, Greek,
Japanese, Kok-Papónk, Latin, Newar, Old Norse, Romanian, Seneca, Spanish,
and Swedish. The volume reflects the state of the art both empirical and
theoretical — in Historical Linguistics today, and shows the discipline to
be as flourishing and capable of new advances as ever.

Table of contents


Typological reflections on loss of morphological case in Middle Low German
and in the Mainland Scandinavian languages
John Ole Askedal

Ethnoreconstruction in Kok-Papónk
Paul Black

Rraising verbs vs. auxiliaries
Kasper Boye

On the origin of the final unstressed [i] in Brazilian and other varieties
of Portuguese: New evidence in an enduring debate
Maria José Carvalho

Socio-historical evidence for copula variability in rural Southern America
Gaillynn D. Clements

Main Stress Left in Early Middle English
B. Elan Dresher and Aditi Lahiri

Some dialectal, sociolectal and communicative aspects of word order
variation and change in Late Middle English
Tamás Eitler

Using Universal Principles of Phonetic Qualitative Reduction in
Grammaticalization to explain the Old Spanish Shift from ge to se
Andrés Enrique-Arias

The origin of transitive auxiliary verbs in Chukotko-Kamchatkan
Michael Fortescue

Grammaticalisation and Latin
Michele Fruyt

Paths of semantic extension: From cause to beneficiary and purpose
Silvia Luraghi

Vanishing discourse markers: Lat. et vs. sic in Old French and Old Romanian
Maria M. Manoliu

From ditransitive to monotransitive structure in the history of the Spanish
language. Reanalysis of objects: A case of incorporation and
Rosa Mariá Ortiz Ciscomani

Reflexive intensification in Spanish: Toward a complex reflexive?
Johan Pedersen

Modern Swedish bara: From adjective to conditional subordinator
Henrik Rosenkvist

Nordic prefix loss and metrical stress theory with particular reference to
ga- and bi -
Michael Schulte

The origin and development of lär, a modal epistemic in Swedish
Gudrun Svensson

The development of the Spanish verb ir to an auxiliary of voice
Thora Vinther

The development of continuous aspect
Kazuha Watanabe


Publication Year: 2005
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Anthropological Linguistics
Subject Language(s): Chukot
Greek, Modern
English, Middle
French, Old
Norse, Old
Spanish, Old
German, Middle Low
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1588115860
ISBN-13: 9781588115867
Pages: x,312
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