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Micro-change and Macro-change in Diachronic Syntax$
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Eric Mathieu and Robert Truswell

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198747840

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198747840.001.0001

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Reconciling syntactic and post-syntactic complementizer agreement

Reconciling syntactic and post-syntactic complementizer agreement

(p.236) 15 Reconciling syntactic and post-syntactic complementizer agreement
Micro-change and Macro-change in Diachronic Syntax

Sarah G. Courtney

Oxford University Press

Focusing on the microvariation found in complementizer agreement (CA) in Germanic dialects, this chapter seeks to reconcile the syntactic and post-syntactic analyses given in previous treatments. Rather than treating CA as a single construction in need of a single analysis, the CA data is examined here in light of both variation and recent work on grammaticalization. The CA patterns from different dialects are treated as the outputs of separate but closely related grammars, and the possibility of multiple grammars in close contact or in competition is considered. The variation in Germanic CA is treated as the output of grammatical change in progress with multiple stable points along the cline, many of which are represented in the sample of currently spoken Germanic languages and dialects.

Keywords:   complementizers, agreement, Germanic, microvariation, grammaticalization, Flemish, Bavarian

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