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Title: Evolución lingüística y cambio sintáctico
Written By: Javier Elvira
URL: http://www.peterlang.com/Index.cfm?vLang=D&vSiteID=4&vSiteName=BookDetail%2Ecfm&VID=430323
Series Title: Fondo Hispánico de Lingüística y Filología. Vol. 1

La investigación sobre los orígenes evolutivos del lenguaje y el problema
del cambio gramatical han pertenecido durante mucho tiempo a áreas de
estudio y especialización diferentes. Sin embargo, la lingüística histórica
reciente ha fundamentado la observación de que el cambio lingüístico da
lugar a procesos orientados en una dirección determinada, que incorporan
novedades cualitativas en la gramática de las lenguas. Este libro sitúa el
problema del cambio lingüístico en una perspectiva evolutiva, a la luz de
los datos proporcionados por el español, en particular, y las lenguas
románicas e indoeuropeas, en general. Examina los principales procesos de
cambio que han dado lugar a la aparición de una nueva configuración de la
gramática y los interpreta en el contexto más amplio del funcionamiento de
la cognición humana. El resultado es una obra integradora, que propone
nuevas perspectivas para la comprensión de las principales tendencias de la
sintaxis histórica.


La aproximación biolingüística. Genes, adaptación y emergencia - Historia
lingüística y evolución - Lingüística histórica y cambio gramatical -
Gramaticalización - Lexicalización.

Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: Peter Lang AG
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9783034303231
Pages: 290
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