Item description for Explanation and Linguistic Change (Amsterdam Studies in the Theory and History of Linguistic Science, Series IV: Current Issues in Linguistic Theory) by Willem Koopman...
This collection of papers answers three questions in particular: is language change predictable, what is the role of variation, and what is the relation between a theory of grammar and a theory of change? Lass defends a teleological view of change, Bossuyt, Plank and Samuels argue that change is functionally motivated and constrained. Stroop and Toon show how the correct interpretation of variant data gives insight into the process of change, Koefoed and van Marle concentrate on language use, arguing that different interpretive possibilities of the output cause change. Aitchison looks upon diachronic study as complementary to synchronic study, whereas Fischer and van der Leek see explanations for change as following from the theory of grammar.
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Studio: John Benjamins Publishing Co.
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9" Width: 6" Height: 1.04" Weight: 1.39 lbs.
Release Date Sep 5, 2000
Publisher John Benjamins Publishing Co.
ISBN 9027235392 ISBN13 9789027235398
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More About Willem Koopman
Willem Koopman has an academic affiliation as follows - Katholieke Universiteit Nijmegen, The Netherlands.