A Minimalist Approach to Grammaticalization
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Syntactic Change by Ian Roberts
Book DescriptionThe phenomenon of grammaticalization - the historical process whereby new grammatical material is created - has attracted a great deal of attention within linguistics. This is an attempt to provide a general account of this phenomenon in terms of a formal theory of syntax. Using Chomsky's Minimalist Program for linguistic theory, Roberts and Roussou show how this approach gives rise to a number of important conceptual and theoretical issues concerning the nature of functional categories and the form of parameters, as well as the relation of both of these to language change. Drawing on examples from a wide range of languages, they construct a general account of grammaticalization with implications for linguistic theory and language acquisition.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521066846
(228mm x 152mm x 16mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 19-Jun-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Translated from Italian: Parlo dungue sono, 2012.
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Author Biography - Ian Roberts
Ian Roberts is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Cambridge. Anna Roussou is Assistant Professor at the University of Patras, Greece.
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