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Change in Verbal Systems- Issues on Explanation

by Kerstin Eksell (Volume editor) Thora Vinther (Volume editor)
Conference proceedings 220 Pages

Summary

This volume presents nine contributions to the study of changes in the verbal system of French and Spanish as well as of Indian, Semitic and Slavic languages. Following new trends in the study of language development, language change is described as processes of grammaticalisation, reanalysis and actualisation. The onset of language change is described as being pragmatically conditioned, at the service of felicitous communication between speaker and listener. This process is further seen as closely interacting with socio-cultural factors as well as drift and language typology.

Details

Pages
220
ISBN (Softcover)
9783631545300
Language
English
Tags
Verb Grammatik Kongress Kopenhagen (2004) Historical Linguistic Grammaticalisation Verbal Syntax Language Development
Published
Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2006. 220 pp., num. tables and graphs

Biographical notes

Kerstin Eksell (Volume editor) Thora Vinther (Volume editor)

The Editors: Kerstin Eksell is Professor of Semitic Philology at the University of Copenhagen. Her focus of interest is comparative and diachronic Arabic. She has published on the analytic genitive in Arabic dialects as well as several articles on the development of Arabic syntax. Thora Vinther is Associate Professor of Spanish at the University of Copenhagen. Her research interests include language acquisition, pragmatics, and language development. Apart from teaching material and papers on the language acquisition process, she has published on the development of the Spanish auxiliary ir.

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