Information Structure and Syntactic Change in the History of English
Author: Anneli Meurman-Solin, Maria Jose Lopez-Couso
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Date: July 11, 2012
ISBN-10: 0199860211
ISBN-13: 978-0199860210
Pages: 339
Format: PDF
Size: 2.46 Mb
Information Structure and Syntactic Change in the History of English is the first book to apply information structure as it relates to language change to a corpus-based analysis of a wide range of features in the evolution of English syntax and grammars of prose in long diachrony. Its unifying topic is the role of information structure, broadly conceived, as it interacts with the other levels of linguistic description, syntax, morphology, prosody, semantics and pragmatics. The volume comprises twelve chapters by leading scholars who take a variety of theoretical and methodological approaches. Their work affirms, among other things, that motivations for selecting a particular syntactic option vary from information structure in the strict sense to discourse organization, or a particular style or register, and can also be associated with external forces such as the development of a literary culture.

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