By Anne Breitbarth, Christopher Lucas, Sheila Watts, David Willis
One of many significant demanding situations of historic linguistics is to provide an explanation for the reasons of language swap. this kind of rationalization, although, also needs to handle the ‘actuation problem’: why is it that alterations happening in a given language at a definite time can't be reliably envisioned to recur in different languages, lower than it appears related stipulations? The 16 contributions to the current quantity every one target to explain quite a few points of this challenge, together with: What strategies could be pointed out because the drivers of swap? How critical are syntax-external (phonological, lexical or contact-based) components in triggering syntactic switch? and the way can all of those components be reconciled with the actuation challenge? Exploring facts from quite a lot of languages from either a proper and a practical point of view, this e-book gives you to be of curiosity to complex scholars and researchers in historic linguistics, syntax and their intersection.
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Consider (16), which shows that inflected auxiliaries are barred from the clause-final position in which (uninflected) auxiliary particles obligatorily appear: (16) a. ’ (Bwe, Karen) b. ’ We leave aside here (apparently) FOFC-violating structures containing particles, whose properties are still poorly understood. To summarize, then, empirical evidence from a wide range of languages suggests that FOFC, as stated in (17), is an absolute principle which acts as a universal constraint on synchronic grammars (modulo particles).
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