17.3574, Books: Historical Linguistics/Linguistic Theories: Thomsen (Ed)

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From: Paul Peranteau < paul at benjamins.com >
Subject: Competing Models of Linguistic Change: Thomsen (Ed) 

	
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From: Paul Peranteau < paul at benjamins.com >
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Title: Competing Models of Linguistic Change 
Subtitle: Evolution and beyond 
Series Title: Current Issues in Linguistic Theory 279  

Publication Year: 2006 
Publisher: John Benjamins
	   http://www.benjamins.com/
	

Book URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=CILT%20279 


Editor: Ole Nedergaard Thomsen

Hardback: ISBN: 9027247943 Pages: 344 Price: U.S. $ 144.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9027247943 Pages: 344 Price: Europe EURO 120.00


Abstract:

The articles of this volume are centered around two competing views on
language change originally presented at the 2003 International Conference
on Historical Linguistics in the two important plenary papers by Henning
Andersen and William Croft. The latter proposes an evolutionary model of
language change within a domain-neutral model of a 'generalized analysis of
selection', whereas Henning Andersen takes it that cultural phenomena could
not possibly be handled, i.e. observed, described, understood, in the same
way as natural phenomena. These papers are models of succinct presentation
of important theoretical framework. The other papers present and discuss
additional models of change, e.g. invisible hand-processes, system-internal
models, functional and cognitive models. Most papers do not subscribe to
the evolutionary model; instead, they focus on functional factors in the
selection and propagation of variants (as opposed to factors of code
efficiency), or on cognitive and pragmatic perspectives. Several papers are
inspired by the late Eugenio Coseriu and by Henning Andersen's theories on
language change. In particular, the volume contains articles proposing
interesting grammaticalization studies and extended models of
grammaticalization.  The languages referred to in the papers include
Cantonese, the Chukotko-Kamchatkan languages, Danish, English, Eskimo
languages, German, Norwegian, Russian, Spanish, and Swedish. 


Table of contents

Introduction 
Ole Nedergaard Thomsen 1-15  
I: General considerations of language change   
The non-linear nature of diachronic change 
Michael Fortescue 17-31  
Explanations, or?? Some metatheoretical reflections on a prevalent
tradition within historical linguistics 
Brit Maehlum 33-42  
Quantifying the functional load of phonemic oppositions, distinctive
features, and suprasegmentals 
Dinoj Surendran and Sourabh Niyogi 43-58  
II: The concept of 'evolution' as an explanatory model of language change:
Pro et contra synchrony, diachrony, and evolution   
Synchrony, Diachrony, and Evolution 
Henning Andersen 59-90  
The relevance of an evolutionary model to historical linguistics 
William Croft 91-132  
III: Functional factors in 'evolution': Functional motivation of selection   
Grammaticalization of indirect object cross-reference in Spanish as a case
of drift 
Silvia Becerra Bascuñán 133-161  
The role of functional factors in language change: An evolutionary approach 
Guido Seiler 163-182  
Computational modelling of prototypicality in language change:
Neutralization to schwa, default logic, and the history of the German noun 
Miguel Vázquez-Larruscaín 183-210  
IV: Cognitive perspectives on semantico-syntactic change: Mental Grammar,
Cognitive Grammar, and Dynamic Syntax   
>From propositional syntax in Old Russian to situational syntax in Modern
Russian 
Per Durst-Andersen 211-234  
Construal operations in semantic change: The case of abstract nouns 
Lena B. Ekberg 235-252  
Clitic Placement in Old and Modern Spanish: A Dynamic Account 
Miriam Bouzouita and Ruth Kempson 253-268  
V: Grammaticalization studies: Content and evolution   
Grammaticalisation as content reanalysis: The modal character of the Danish
s-passive 
Lars Heltoft 269-288  
Aspect and animacy in the history of Russian: Developing the idea of
parallel grammaticalization 
Jens Norgard-Sorensen 289-305  
VI: Towards an integrated functional-pragmatic theory of language and
language change   
Towards an integrated functional-pragmatic theory of language and language
change: In commemoration of Eugenio Coseriu (1921-2002) 
Ole Nedergaard Thomsen 307-337  
Index  339-342  
Contributors  343-344 



Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
                     Linguistic Theories

Subject Language(s): Danish (dan)
                     English (eng)
                     German, Standard (deu)
                     Norwegian, Bokmål (nob)
                     Russian (rus)
                     Spanish (spa)
                     Swedish (swe)

Language Family(ies): Eskimo
                      Northern Chukotko-Kamchatkan 
                      Southern Chukotko-Kamchatkan 


Written In: English  (eng)
	
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