Publishing Partner: Cambridge University Press CUP Extra Publisher Login
amazon logo
More Info


New from Oxford University Press!

ad

Vowel Length From Latin to Romance

By Michele Loporcaro

This book "draws on extensive empirical data, including from lesser known varieties" and "puts forward a new account of a well-known diachronic phenomenon."


New from Cambridge University Press!

ad

Letter Writing and Language Change

Edited By Anita Auer, Daniel Schreier, and Richard J. Watts

This book "challenges the assumption that there is only one 'legitimate' and homogenous form of English or of any other language" and "supports the view of different/alternative histories of the English language and will appeal to readers who are skeptical of 'standard' language ideology."


Book Information

   
Sun Image

Title: Transitivity Alternations in Diachrony: Changes in Argument Structure and Voice Morphology
Written By: Nikolaos Lavidas
Description:

Τhis book offers a new approach to the theory of change in argument
structure and voice morphology. It investigates the diachrony of
transitivity, and especially the changes in causative verbs and
transitivity alternations, based on data mainly from the Greek and English
diachrony (all historical data are transcribed and accompanied by glosses
and translations into Modern English). Data from earlier periods provide
new information on burning questions in both Historical and Theoretical
Linguistics. The study shows that (a) causativisations are the result of
reanalysis of intransitive verbs as transitive on the basis of the
linguistic cue of Case; (b) the changes in voice morphology do not depend
on the derivation and direction of new transitivity alternations. Finally,
the study demonstrates that the generalisation that guides the changes in
voice demands morphological differentiation of the anticausative from the
passive types.

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Review: Not available for review. If you would like to review a book on The LINGUIST List, please login to view the AFR list.
BibTex: View BibTex record
Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Morphology
Subject Language(s): English
Greek, Modern
Issue: All announcements sent out by The LINGUIST List are emailed to our subscribers and archived with the Library of Congress.
Click here to see the original emailed issue.

Versions:
Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781443817493
Pages: 325
Prices: U.K. £ 44.99