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Syntactic Reconstruction and Proto-Germanic

George Walkden


This book investigates methods, possibilities, and limitations in the reconstruction of syntax in a framework which holds that the object of enquiry is knowledge of language and which acknowledges that the transmission of that knowledge is discontinuous. The main objections to syntactic reconstruction raised in the literature are assessed, and it is argued that the reconstruction of syntax is qualitatively different from lexical-phonological reconstruction due to the so-called ‘correspondence problem’ it is also suggested that other objections to syntactic reconstruction based on assumed lack ... More

Keywords: syntactic reconstruction, Germanic, historical syntax, diachronic syntax, syntax, historical linguistics, syntactic variation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780198712299
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198712299.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

George Walkden, author
Lecturer in English Linguistics, University of Manchester