New Benjamins book: Salmons/Dubenion-Smith

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Historical linguistics but relevant to functional linguistics also.

Historical Linguistics 2005
Selected papers from the 17th International Conference on Historical 
Linguistics, Madison, Wisconsin, 31 July - 5 August 2005

Edited by Joseph C. Salmons and Shannon Dubenion-Smith
University of Wisconsin, Madison

Current Issues in Linguistic Theory 284

2007. viii, 413 pp.

Hardbound – In stock
978 90 272 4799 5 / EUR 125.00 / USD 188.00

This volume contains 22 revised papers originally presented at the 
17th International Conference on Historical Linguistics, held August 
2005 in Madison, Wisconsin, USA. The papers cover a broad range of 
languages, including well-studied languages of Europe but also 
Aramaic, Zoque and Uto-Aztecan, Japanese and Korean, Afrikaans, and 
the Pilbara languages of Australia. The theoretical approaches taken 
are equally diverse, often bringing together aspects of 'formal' and 
'functional' theories in a single contribution. Many of the chapters 
provide fresh data, including several drawing on data from electronic 
corpora. Topics range from traditional comparative reconstruction to 
prosodic change and the role of processing in syntactic change.


Table of contents

Foreword  vii–viii
Part I. Grammaticalization
Lexicalization and grammaticalization all over again
Laurel J. Brinton and Elizabeth Closs Traugott 3–19
Grammaticalization as reduction: Focus constructions in Chiapas Zoque
Jan Terje Faarlund 21–31
Metaphor and teleology do not drive grammaticalization
Matthew L. Juge 33–48
Part II. Syntax and semantics
Processing factors in syntactic variation and change: Clitics in 
Medieval and Renaissance Spanish
Miriam Bouzouita 51–71
Dynamic Syntax and dialogue modelling: Preliminaries for a 
dialogue-driven account of syntactic change
Ruth Kempson and Ronnie Cann 73–101
An economy approach to the triggering of the Russian instrumental 
predicate case
Nerea Madariaga 103–117
Change and variation in ga/no conversion in Tokyo Japanese
Satoshi Nambu and Kenjirô Matsuda 119–131
Perfect change: Synchrony meets diachrony
Marie-Eve Ritz 133–147
Variable use of negation in Middle Low German
John D. Sundquist 149–166
Is there a DP in Old English?
Johanna L. Wood 167–187
Part III. Morphology
Some semantic and pragmatic aspects of case-loss in Old French
Richard Ashdowne and John Charles Smith 191–205
The final stages of deflection: The case of Afrikaans het "have"
C. Jac Conradie 207–221
Demonstrative paradigm splitting in the Pilbara languages of Western Australia
Alan Dench 223–237
Infinitival forms in Aramaic
Steven E. Fassberg 239–256
The role of productivity in word-formation change
Carmen Scherer 257–271
Part IV. Phonetics and phonology
Structured imbalances in the emergence of the Korean vowel system
Sang-Cheol Ahn and Gregory K. Iverson 275–293
Final features and proto-Uto-Aztecan: A contribution using 
morphological reconstruction
Karen Dakin 295–310
Facts, theory and dogmas in historical linguistics: Vowel quantity 
from Latin to Romance
Michele Loporcaro 311–336
On the irregularity of Open Syllable Lengthening in German
B. Richard Page 337–350
The resilience of prosodic templates in the history of West Germanic
Laura Catharine Smith 351–365
Part V: Variation
Urban interactions and written standards in Early Modern German
Bruce H. Spencer 369–384
The Hollandish roots of Pella Dutch in Iowa
Pieter van Reenen 385–401
Language index  403–404
Name index  405–409
Subject index  411–413

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