Information Structure and Syntactic Change in the History of English Hardback
by Anneli (Professor of Linguistics, Professor of Linguistics, University of Helsinki) Meurman-Solin, Maria Jose (Senior Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Universidad de Santiago de Compostela) Lopez-Couso, Bettelou (Professor of Linguistics, Professor of Linguistics, Radboud University Nijmegen) Los
Part of the Oxford Studies in the History of English series
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 andpragmatics.
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 discourseorganization, or a particular style or register, and can also be associated with external forces such as the development of a literary culture.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 352 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
- Publication Date: 07/06/2012
- Category: Historical & comparative linguistics
- ISBN: 9780199860210