LINGUIST List 21.3192

Fri Aug 06 2010

Books: Historical Ling/Syntax: Breitbarth, Lucas, Watts, Willi (Eds)

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        1.    Paul Peranteau, Continuity and Change in Grammar: Breitbarth, Lucas, Watts, Willi (Eds)

Message 1: Continuity and Change in Grammar: Breitbarth, Lucas, Watts, Willi (Eds)
Date: 04-Aug-2010
From: Paul Peranteau <paulbenjamins.com>
Subject: Continuity and Change in Grammar: Breitbarth, Lucas, Watts, Willi (Eds)
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Title: Continuity and Change in Grammar Series Title: Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today 159 Published: 2010 Publisher: John Benjamins
                http://www.benjamins.com/

Book URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=LA%20159

Editor: Anne Breitbarth Editor: Christopher Lucas Editor: Sheila Watts Editor: David Willi Electronic: ISBN: 9789027288073 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 99.00
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027288073 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 149.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027255426 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 99
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027255426 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 149.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027255426 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 104.94
Abstract:

One of the principal challenges of historical linguistics is to explain the'causes' of language change. Any such explanation, however, must alsoaddress the 'actuation problem': why is it that changes occurring in a givenlanguage at a certain time cannot be reliably predicted to recur in otherlanguages, under apparently similar conditions? The sixteen contributions to thepresent volume each aim to elucidate various aspects of this problem, including:What processes can be identified as the drivers of change? How central aresyntax-external (phonological, lexical or contact-based) factors in triggeringsyntactic change? And how can all of these factors be reconciled with theactuation problem? Exploring data from a wide range of languages from both aformal and a functional perspective, this book promises to be of interest toadvanced students and researchers in historical linguistics, syntax and theirintersection.

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics                             Syntax
Written In: English (eng )

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