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Title Reconstructing syntax / edited by Jóhanna Barðdal, Spike Gildea, Eugenio R. Luján
Published Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2020
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Series Brill's studies in historical linguistics, 2211-4904 ; vol.11
Contents 1. The Curious Case of Reconstruction in Syntax / Spike Gildea, Eugenio R. Luján and Jóhanna Barðdal -- Part I. Cognacy: 2. Reconstructing the Source of Nominative-Absolutive Alignment in Two Amazonian Language Families / Spike Gildea and Flávia de Castro Alves -- 3. Conducting Syntactic Reconstruction of Languages with No Written Records / Kikusawa Ritsuko -- 4. External Possessor Constructions in Indo-European / Silvia Luraghi -- 5. How to Identify Cognates in Syntax? Taking Watkins' Legacy One Step Further / Jóhanna Barðdal and Thórhallur Eythórsson -- Part II. Directionality: 6. On the Origins of the Ergative Marker wã in the Viceitic Languages of the Chibchan Family / Sara Pacchiarotti -- 7. Voice, Transitivity and Tense/Aspect: Directionality of Change in Indo-European (Evidence from Greek and Vedic) / Nikolaos Lavidas and Leonid Kulikov -- 8. On Shared Structural Innovations: the Diachrony of Adverbial Subordination in Semitic / Na'ama Pat-El -- 9. Reconstructing Semantic Roles: Proto-Indo-European *-bhi / Eugenio R. Luján and Ángel López Chala -- Index
Summary "During several decades, syntactic reconstruction has been more or less regarded as a bootless and an unsuccessful venture, not least due to the heavy criticism in the 1970s from scholars like Watkins, Jeffers, Lightfoot, etc. This fallacious view culminated in Lightfoot's (2002: 625) conclusion: "[i]f somebody thinks that they can reconstruct grammars more successfully and in more widespread fashion, let them tell us their methods and show us their results. Then we'll eat the pudding." This volume provides methods for the identification of i) cognates in syntax, and ii) the directionality of syntactic change, showcasing the results in the introduction and eight articles. These examples are offered as both tastier and also more nourishing than the pudding Lightfoot had in mind when discarding the viability of reconstructing syntax"-- Provided by publisher
Notes Includes index
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Subject Comparative linguistics -- Case studies
Construction grammar -- Case studies
Grammar, Comparative and general -- Syntax -- Case studies
Historical linguistics -- Case studies
Linguistic change -- Case studies
Reconstruction (Linguistics) -- Case studies
Comparative linguistics.
Construction grammar.
Grammar, Comparative and general -- Syntax.
Historical linguistics.
Linguistic change.
Reconstruction (Linguistics)
Genre/Form Case studies.
Form Electronic book
Author Jóhanna Barðdal, 1969- editor.
Gildea, Spike, editor.
Luján, Eugenio R., editor.
LC no. 2020011984
ISBN 9004392009
9789004392007