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Journal Title: Diachronica
Volume/Issue:   29/2
Date: 2012
Table of Contents: 2012. iii, 145 pp.

Table of Contents

Articles / Aufsätze

Primary split revisited
Robert A. Blust
129–138

How discourse context shapes the lexicon: Explaining the distribution of Spanish f-
/h‑ words
Esther L. Brown and William D. Raymond
139–161

Historical change of word classes
Matthias Gerner
162–200

Historical transfer of nasality between consonantal onset and vowel: From C to V
or from V to C?
Alexis Michaud, Guillaume Jacques and Robert L. Rankin
201–230

Formal mismatches and functional advantage in syntactic change: The case of
Old and Middle Russian non-verbal predicates
Nerea Madariaga
231–257

Reviews / Comptes rendus / Besprechungen

The Linguistic Cycle: Language change and the language faculty. By Elly
van Gelderen
Reviewed by Pierre Larrivée
259–264

Degrammaticalization. By Muriel Norde
Reviewed by Benjamin W. Fortson IV
265–273
Publisher: John Benjamins
Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
Historical Linguistics
Phonology
Syntax
Typology
Subject Language(s): Russian
Spanish
Russian, Old
Spanish, Old
Language Family(ies): Austro-Asiatic
Hmong-Mien
Sino-Tibetan
Siouan
Kwa
Tibeto-Burman
Kam-Tai
Celtic
 
LL Issue: 23.2818