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"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more



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Title: Time Over Matter
Subtitle: Diachronic Perspectives on Morphosyntax
Written By: Miriam Butt
Tracy Holloway King
Description:

The field of historical linguistics has a long and venerable tradition whose main focus has been a study of phonological and morphological changes. In this century, the study of language change has found a place within generative syntax and has established itself as a fruitful line of inquiry.

The book presents, for the first time, a collection of work done in historical linguistics from the perspective of Lexical-Functional
Grammar (LFG), a lexical unification-based theory. The problems tackled are representative of the field of historical linguistics.
However, this volume stands apart through the number and types of languages surveyed. In addition to presenting new approaches to data from much studied languages like the Romance languages and Germanic, the book introduces issues in the diachronic development of less well studied languages, including Finnish, South Asian languages, and
Australian languages. The volume thus offers fresh perspectives on a number of phenomena such as the development or shift of case marking systems, the development of possessive systems, the rise of auxiliaries and the origins of complex predication involving verb particles or light verbs.

Publication Year: 2001
Publisher: CSLI Publications
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
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ISBN: 1575862824
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Pages: 255
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Pages: 255
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