Historical Linguistics 2005: Selected Papers from the 17th International Conference on Historical Linguistics, Madison, Wisconsin, 31 July-5 August 2005

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Joe Salmons, Shannon Dubenion-Smith
John Benjamins Publishing, 2007 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 413 pages
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This volume contains 22 revised papers originally presented at the 17th International Conference on Historical Linguistics, held August 2005 in Madison, Wisconsin, USA. The papers cover a broad range of languages, including well-studied languages of Europe but also Aramaic, Zoque and Uto-Aztecan, Japanese and Korean, Afrikaans, and the Pilbara languages of Australia. The theoretical approaches taken are equally diverse, often bringing together aspects of 'formal' and 'functional' theories in a single contribution. Many of the chapters provide fresh data, including several drawing on data from electronic corpora. Topics range from traditional comparative reconstruction to prosodic change and the role of processing in syntactic change.
  

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Contents

Some semantic and pragmatic aspects of caseloss in Old French
191
The case of Afrikaans het have
207
Demonstrative paradigm splitting in the Pilbara languages of Western Australia
223
Infinitival forms in Aramaic
239
The role of productivity in wordformation change
257
Structured imbalances in the emergence of the Korean vowel system
275
A contribution using
295
Vowel quantity from
311
On the irregularity of Open Syllable Lengthening in German
337
The resilience of prosodic templates in the history of West Germanic
351
Urban interactions and written standards in Early Modern German
369
The Hollandish roots of Pella Dutch in Iowa
385
Language index
403
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