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Author Fischer, Susann, 1964-

Title Word-order change as a source of grammaticalisation [electronic resource] / Susann Fischer.

Imprint Amsterdam ; Philadelphia : John Benjamins Pub. Co., ©2010.

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Description 1 online resource (vii, 200 pages) : illustrations.
Series Linguistik aktuell = Linguistics today, 0166-0829 ; v. 157
Linguistik aktuell ; Bd. 157.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
Contents Introduction -- Different views on grammaticalisation and its relation to word-order -- Historical overview of oblique subjects in Germanic and Romance -- Historical overview of stylistic fronting in Germanic and Romance -- Accounting for the differences and similarities between the languages under investigation -- Explaining the changes: minimalism meets von Humboldt and Meillet -- References.
Summary This book presents a new perspective on the interaction between word-order and grammaticalisation by investigating the changes that stylistic fronting and oblique subjects have undergone in Romance (Catalan, French, Spanish) as compared to Germanic (English, Icelandic). It discusses a great deal of historical comparative data showing that stylistic fronting and oblique subjects have (had) a semantic effect in the Germanic and in the Romance languages, and that they both appear in the same functional category. The loss of stylistic fronting and oblique subjects is seen as an effect of grammatic.
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Subject Language and languages.
Grammar, Comparative and general -- Word order.
Languages, Modern -- Word order.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Other Form: Print version: Fischer, Susann, 1964- Word-order change as a source of grammaticalisation. Amsterdam ; Philadelphia : John Benjamins Pub. Co., ©2010 9789027255402 (DLC) 2010007274 (OCoLC)527702841
ISBN 9789027288189 (electronic bk.)
9027288186 (electronic bk.)
9027255407 (hb ; alk. paper)
9789027255402 (hb ; alk. paper)