Principles of diachronic syntax

David W. Lightfoot

The study of syntactic change has been much neglected in the past. Historical linguists have tended to concentrate on phonology, lexis and morphology whilst most theoretical studies of syntax have been deliberately synchronic in intention. In particular, theories of generative grammar have not been responsive to diachronic data and a fortiori have not yielded a convincing account of language change or of the interrelationships between different kinds of change. This study will be of interest to a wide range of linguists. It offers one of the first systematic accounts of a difficult and important topic, with implications for the whole field of linguistics and language study.

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  • Foreword
  • 1. Preliminaries
  • 2. A paradigm case: The English modals
  • 3. A theory of change
  • 4. More category changes
  • 5. Changes in the lexicon
  • 6. On cyclic transformations
  • 7. The causes of reanalysis
  • Bibliography
  • Citation index.

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書名 Principles of diachronic syntax
著作者等 Lightfoot, David
シリーズ名 Cambridge studies in linguistics
出版元 Cambridge University Press
刊行年月 1979
ページ数 x, 429 p.
大きさ 24 cm
ISBN 0521293502
NCID BA0341784X
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言語 英語
出版国 イギリス