Visit www.benjamins.com

Competing Models of Linguistic Change

Evolution and beyond

MyBook is a cheap paperback edition of the original book and will be sold at uniform, low price.

Buy this e-book

Price: £101.00+Taxes
Add to favourites
image of Competing Models of Linguistic Change
  • Editor: Ole Nedergaard Thomsen1
  • Format: PDF
  • Publication Year: 2006
  • e-Book ISBN 9789027293190
Abstract

The articles of this volume are centered around two competing views on language change originally presented at the 2003 International Conference on Historical Linguistics in the two important plenary papers by Henning Andersen and William Croft. The latter proposes an evolutionary model of language change within a domain-neutral model of a ‘generalized analysis of selection’, whereas Henning Andersen takes it that cultural phenomena could not possibly be handled, i.e. observed, described, understood, in the same way as natural phenomena. These papers are models of succinct presentation of important theoretical framework. The other papers present and discuss additional models of change, e.g. invisible hand-processes, system-internal models, functional and cognitive models. Most papers do not subscribe to the evolutionary model; instead, they focus on functional factors in the selection and propagation of variants (as opposed to factors of code efficiency), or on cognitive and pragmatic perspectives. Several papers are inspired by the late Eugenio Coseriu and by Henning Andersen’s theories on language change. In particular, the volume contains articles proposing interesting grammaticalization studies and extended models of grammaticalization. The clear presentation of important and competing approaches to fundamental questions concerning language change will be of high interest for scholars and students working in the field of diachrony and typology. The languages referred to in the papers include Cantonese, the Chukotko-Kamchatkan languages, Danish, English, Eskimo languages, German, Norwegian, Russian, Spanish, and Swedish.

Subjects: Historical linguistics; Theoretical linguistics

  • Affiliations: 1: Roskilde University

References

http://jbenjamins.metastore.ingenta.com/content/books/9789027293190
Loading
Chapters loading Please wait...
/content/books/9789027293190
dcterms_subject,pub_keyword
6
3
Loading
This is a required field
Please enter a valid email address