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The Cambridge Handbook of Historical Syntax

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Adam Ledgeway, Ian Roberts, Heiko Narrog, Bernd Heine, David Willis, John Haiman, Nerea Madariaga, Alice C. Harris, David W. Lightfoot, Theresa Biberauer, Tania Kuteva, James Clackson, Gisella Ferraresi, Maria Goldbach, Susan Pintzuk, Ann Taylor, Anthony Warner, Giuseppe Longobardi, Cristina Guardiano, Anders Holmberg, Henning Andersen, Anna Roussou, George Walkden, Marit Westergaard, Elly Van Gelderen, Suzanne Romaine, Laurel J. Brinton, Elizabeth Closs Traugott, Cedric Boeckx , Pedro Tiago Martins, Evelina Leivada, Kersti Börjars, Nigel Vincent, Sonia Cristofaro, Paolo Ramat, Marianne Mithun
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  • Date Published: March 2017
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107049604

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  • Change is an inherent feature of all aspects of language, and syntax is no exception. While the synchronic study of syntax allows us to make discoveries about the nature of syntactic structure, the study of historical syntax offers even greater possibilities. Over recent decades, the study of historical syntax has proven to be a powerful scientific tool of enquiry with which to challenge and reassess hypotheses and ideas about the nature of syntactic structure which go beyond the observed limits of the study of the synchronic syntax of individual languages or language families. In this timely Handbook, the editors bring together the best of recent international scholarship on historical syntax. Each chapter is focused on a theme rather than an individual language, allowing readers to discover how systematic descriptions of historical data can profitably inform and challenge highly diverse sets of theoretical assumptions.

    • The first volume to provide an exhaustive treatment of key issues in historical syntax
    • Integrates the results and findings of different theoretical frameworks, models and approaches in a single volume
    • Organised along complementary thematic lines, rather than focusing on individual languages or grammatical phenomena
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    • Date Published: March 2017
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107049604
    • length: 746 pages
    • dimensions: 255 x 183 x 38 mm
    • weight: 1.58kg
    • contains: 21 b/w illus. 21 tables
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Adam Ledgeway and Ian Roberts
    Part I. Types and Mechanisms of Syntactic Change:
    1. Grammaticalization Heiko Narrog and Bernd Heine
    2. Degrammaticalization David Willis
    3. Exaptation John Haiman
    4. Reanalysis Nerea Madariaga
    5. Analogy and extension Alice C. Harris
    6. Restructuring David W. Lightfoot
    7. Parameter setting Theresa Biberauer and Ian Roberts
    8. Contact and borrowing Tania Kuteva
    Part II. Methods and Tools:
    9. The comparative method and comparative reconstruction James Clackson
    10. Internal reconstruction Gisella Ferraresi and Maria Goldbach
    11. Corpora and quantitative methods Susan Pintzuk, Ann Taylor and Anthony Warner
    12. Phylogenetic reconstruction in syntax: the parametric comparison method Giuseppe Longobardi and Cristina Guardiano
    Part III. Principles and Constraints:
    13. Universal grammar Anders Holmberg
    14. Abduction Henning Andersen
    15. Transparency David W. Lightfoot
    16. Uniformitarianism Ian Roberts
    17. Markedness, naturalness and complexity Anna Roussou
    18. Acquisition and learnability David W. Lightfoot
    Part IV. Major Issues and Themes:
    19. The actuation problem George Walkden
    20. Inertia Ian Roberts
    21. Gradience and gradualness vs abruptness Marit Westergaard
    22. Cyclicity Elly van Gelderen
    Part V. Explanations:
    23. Endogenous and exogenous theories of syntactic change David Willis
    24. Imperfect transmission and discontinuity David W. Lightfoot
    25. Social conditioning Suzanne Romaine
    26. Non-syntactic sources and triggers of syntactic change Laurel J. Brinton and Elizabeth Closs Traugott
    Part VI. Models and Approaches:
    27. Principles and parameters Adam Ledgeway and Ian Roberts
    28. Biolinguistics Cedric Boeckx, Pedro Tiago Martins and Evelina Leivada
    29. Lexical-functional grammar Kersti Börjars and Nigel Vincent
    30. Typological approaches Sonia Cristofaro and Paolo Ramat
    31. Functional approaches Marianne Mithun.

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    Adam Ledgeway, University of Cambridge
    Adam Ledgeway is Professor of Italian and Romance Linguistics and Chair of the Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages at the University of Cambridge. His research interests are in the comparative history and morphosyntax of the Romance languages, Italian dialectology, syntactic theory and linguistic change. His recent books include From Latin to Romance: Morphosyntactic Typology and Change (2012) and Diachrony and Dialects: Grammatical Change in the Dialects of Italy (co-edited with P. Benincà and N. Vincent, 2014).

    Ian Roberts, University of Cambridge
    Ian Roberts is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Cambridge. His research interests are in comparative syntax, set against the background assumptions of Universal Grammar argued for by Noam Chomsky. He currently holds a European Research Council Advanced Grant for a project to investigate a hypothesis as to the way in which grammatical options made available by Universal Grammar are organised. His recent publications include Parametric Variation (co-edited with T. Biberauer, A. Holmberg and M. Sheehan, Cambridge, 2009) and Syntactic Variation: The Dialects of Italy (co-edited with R. D'Alessandro and A. Ledgeway, Cambridge, 2010).

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    Adam Ledgeway, Ian Roberts, Heiko Narrog, Bernd Heine, David Willis, John Haiman, Nerea Madariaga, Alice C. Harris, David W. Lightfoot, Theresa Biberauer, Tania Kuteva, James Clackson, Gisella Ferraresi, Maria Goldbach, Susan Pintzuk, Ann Taylor, Anthony Warner, Giuseppe Longobardi, Cristina Guardiano, Anders Holmberg, Henning Andersen, Anna Roussou, George Walkden, Marit Westergaard, Elly Van Gelderen, Suzanne Romaine, Laurel J. Brinton, Elizabeth Closs Traugott, Cedric Boeckx , Pedro Tiago Martins, Evelina Leivada, Kersti Börjars, Nigel Vincent, Sonia Cristofaro, Paolo Ramat, Marianne Mithun

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