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Language Change and Linguistic Theory, Volume II: Morphological, Syntactic, and Typological Change

D. Gary Miller


This book investigates a large range of changes and their motivations in all parts of the grammar and lexicon. The core argument is that, in the absence of a Grand Unification Theory in linguistics, a unified account of change is impossible without ignoring the bulk of natural language changes. Changes occur in successive formal grammars. Differences among successive I-languages constitute a change in the E‐language, but this work rejects the customary high premium on acquisition to the near exclusion of the role of adults and adolescents in the incrementation of change. Many innovations arise ... More

Keywords: language change, contact, creolization, morphological change, parameter, phonological change, linguistic theory, reconstruction, syntactic change, typological change, variation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199583430
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199583430.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

D. Gary Miller, author
Professor Emeritus of Linguistics and Classics, University of Florida
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