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Syntax over Time: Lexical, Morphological, and Information-Structural Interactions

Theresa Biberauer and George Walkden


Does syntactic change exist? In some sense, it must do: change in constituent order, for instance, is well documented among the world’s languages. However, converging empirical and theoretical considerations have suggested that apparent instances of syntactic change may be attributable to factors outside syntax proper, such as morphology or information structure. Some even go so far as to propose that there is no such thing as syntactic change, and that all such change in fact takes place in the lexicon or in the phonological component. This volume is a critical investigation of these proposal ... More

Keywords: diachronic syntax, syntactic change, generative syntax, syntactic theory, lexicon, morphology, information structure

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Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199687923
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199687923.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Theresa Biberauer, editor
Senior Research Associate, University of Cambridge

George Walkden, editor
Lecturer in English Linguistics, University of Manchester

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1 Introduction: Changing views of syntactic change

Theresa Biberauer and George Walkden

Part I Syntax and the Lexicon

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Part II Syntax and Morphology

Part III Syntax, Prosody, and Information Structure

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