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Historical Syntax and Linguistic Theory$
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Paola Crisma and Giuseppe Longobardi

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199560547

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199560547.001.0001

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Change, relatedness, and inertia in historical syntax

Change, relatedness, and inertia in historical syntax

(p.1) 1 Change, relatedness, and inertia in historical syntax
Historical Syntax and Linguistic Theory

Crisma Paola

Giuseppe Longobardi (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the conceptual and methodological shortcomings arising from the notion of ‘change’ within the abstract biolinguistic framework of generative grammar. The chapter argues that founding historical linguistics on the notion of change is hardly compatible with focus on I-language (Chomsky 1986), but it is preferable to ground historical linguistics in the concept of non‐accidental and non‐universal similarity among I‐languages.

Keywords:   relatedness, change, inertia, I‐language, E‐language

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