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Syntactic Effects of Morphological Change

David W. Lightfoot


This book explores a central aspect of language change: the nature and degree to which changes in morphology (inflectional word endings, for example) cause changes in syntax (for example, in word order). The twenty-two contributors consider such phenomena within the context of Chomsky's minimalist revision of his principles (of universal grammar) and parameters (of individual languages) theory. They also address some of the main unanswered problems associated with the book's hypothesis — that all grammatical change is driven by the way in which children acquire language. These questions are di ... More

Keywords: language change, morphology, inflectional word endings, changes in syntax, word order, Chomsky, universal grammar, parameters theory, children

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Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780199250691
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199250691.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David W. Lightfoot, editor
Dean of the Graduate School of Georgetown University
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1 Introduction

David W. Lightfoot

Part 1 Morphologically Driven Changes

2 The History of the Future

Ian Roberts, and ANNA ROUSSOU

PART II Indirect Links between Morphology and Syntax

Part III Independent Changes in Movement Operations

14 Residual V-to-I

Dianne Jonas

Part IV Computer Simulations

End Matter