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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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Many small catastrophes: gradualism in a microparametric perspective

Many small catastrophes: gradualism in a microparametric perspective

(p.75) 5 Many small catastrophes: gradualism in a microparametric perspective
Historical Syntax and Linguistic Theory

Marit Westergaard

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Against the background of the loss of V2 in English, this chapter considers microvariation in wh‐questions in present‐day Norwegian dialects, arguing that it reflects a diachronic change in progress. Within a cue‐based approach to acquisition and change, gradual diachronic development is considered to represent many small I‐language changes in succession.

Keywords:   acquisition, English, micro‐cues, Norwegian, verb second, wh‐questions

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