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Word Order Change

Ana Maria Martins and Adriana Cardoso


This book is a collection of thirteen detailed studies on word order change within the framework of diachronic generative syntax. An initial chapter contextualizes them and introduces the theme in order to make clear from the onset its relevance and appeal. The sample of languages investigated is diverse and displays significant historical depth. Different branches of the Indo-European family are represented both through classical and living languages, namely: a wide range of Early Indo-European languages (Sanskrit, Greek, Indic, Avestan, Hittite, Tocharian, among others), Romance languages (L ... More

Keywords: diachronic generative syntax, word order change, movement, clausal architecture, Early Indo-European languages, Hungarian, Romance, Germanic, Old Irish, Coptic Egyptian

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Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198747307
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198747307.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ana Maria Martins, editor
Professor at the School of Arts and Humanities, University of Lisbon

Adriana Cardoso, editor
Assistant Professor, University of Lisbon

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Part I Targets for movement: Changes in the functional architecture of the clause

Part II Triggers for movement: Changes in nature or stability

Part III Verb movement into the left peripheries

Part IV Types of movement and its constraints: Word order change in Latin