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How do you pronounce biopic, synod, and Breughel? - and why? Do our cake and archaic sound the same? Where does the stress go in stalagmite? What's odd about the word epergne? As a finale, the author writes a letter to his 16-year-old self.

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Title: Word-Order Change as a Source of Grammaticalisation
Written By: Susan D Fischer
Series Title: Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today 157

This book presents a new perspective on the interaction between word-order
and grammaticalisation by investigating the changes that stylistic fronting
and oblique subjects have undergone in Romance (Catalan, French, Spanish)
as compared to Germanic (English, Icelandic). It discusses a great deal of
historical comparative data showing that stylistic fronting and oblique
subjects have (had) a semantic effect in the Germanic and in the Romance
languages, and that they both appear in the same functional category. The
loss of stylistic fronting and oblique subjects is seen as an effect of
grammaticalisation, where grammaticalisation is taken to be a regular case
of parameter change. In contrast to previous and recent approaches to
grammaticalisation, however, the author shows that it is not the loss of
morphology that triggers grammaticalisation with subsequent word-order
changes, but that the word-order change sets off grammaticalisation in the
functional categories, which is then followed by the loss of morphology.

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Language Family(ies): Germanic
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Format: Electronic
ISBN-13: 9789027288189
Prices: Europe EURO 95.00
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Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9789027255402
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