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Author Bauer, Brigitte L. M., 1961-

Title The emergence and development of SVO patterning in Latin and French : diachronic and psycholinguistic perspectives / Brigitte L.M. Bauer.

Imprint New York : Oxford University Press, 1995.

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Description 1 online resource (xvi, 242 pages)
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 219-236) and index.
Summary This book analyses-in terms of branching-the pervasive reorganization of Latin syntactic and morphological structures: in the development from Latin to French, a shift can be observed from the archaic, left-branching structures (which Latin inherited from Proto-Indo-European) to modern right-branching equivalents. Brigitte Bauer presents a detailed analysis of this development based on the theoretical discussion and definition of "branching" and "head." Subsequently she relates the diachronic shift to psycholinguistic evidence, arguing that the difficuly of LB complex structures as reflected in their painstaking and delayed acquisition accounts for the extensive typological shift from left to right branching that took place in Latin/French and the other Indo-European languages. The author uses data from child language acquisition studies to support her thought-provoking claim.
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Subject Grammar, Comparative and general -- Word order.
Historical linguistics.
Typology (Linguistics)
Language acquisition.
Latin language -- Word order.
Latin language -- Grammar, Historical.
French language -- Word order.
French language -- Grammar, Historical.
Indexed Term Latin language History
French language Grammar History
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Other Form: Print version: Bauer, Brigitte L.M., 1961- Emergence and development of SVO patterning in Latin and French. New York : Oxford University Press, 1995 0195091035 (DLC) 94004023 (OCoLC)29844266
ISBN 1429406585 (electronic bk.)
9781429406581 (electronic bk.)
0195091035 (Cloth)