The articles in this collection are centred around the question of what can be meant by assuming that change is a property of language. Either from general points of view, or in the light of specific examples, the following main topics are discussed: language use and language change as interrelated manifestations of human cognition; the directionality of linguistic development; the predictability of language change; methods of semantic reconstruction; aims of explaining language change and restrictions in doing so; the relationship between cognitive linguistics and philology.
Frankfurt/M., Berlin, Bern, New York, Paris, Wien, 1992. XI, 563 pp.
Contents: Explaining language change: Problems and proposals. Language change from cognitive points of view; relevant examples
of phonetic change, of diachronic morphology and syntax, and of diachronic lexical semantics.