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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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Feature economy in the Linguistic Cycle

Feature economy in the Linguistic Cycle

(p.92) (p.93) 6 Feature economy in the Linguistic Cycle
Historical Syntax and Linguistic Theory

Elly van Gelderen (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter provides well‐known examples of linguistic cycles involve negation, agreement, complementizers, aspect, and articles. An element with full semantic features is reanalysed as a functional element, i.e. as having interpretable and later uninterpretable features. This cycle can be seen in structural terms through the Late Merge and the Head Preference Principles, or in terms of a reanalysis of features.

Keywords:   linguistic cycle, grammaticalization, economy, features

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