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Syntactic diversity and change in Austroasiatic languages


Jenny, Mathias (2015). Syntactic diversity and change in Austroasiatic languages. In: Viti, Carlotta. Perspectives on Historical Syntax. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 317-340.

Abstract

This study looks at the syntactic diversity of Austroasiatic languages and seeks possible explanations for the development of this diversity. With historical data available only for a small number of languages of the family, the evidence points to two main factors triggering syntactic change, namely reanalysis and contact influence from neighboring languages. The insights gained from the languages with a recorded history of over a thousand years can be applied to other scenarios and help us understand the development of Austroasiatic languages with no historical data.

Abstract

This study looks at the syntactic diversity of Austroasiatic languages and seeks possible explanations for the development of this diversity. With historical data available only for a small number of languages of the family, the evidence points to two main factors triggering syntactic change, namely reanalysis and contact influence from neighboring languages. The insights gained from the languages with a recorded history of over a thousand years can be applied to other scenarios and help us understand the development of Austroasiatic languages with no historical data.

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Item Type:Book Section, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Department of Comparative Linguistics
Dewey Decimal Classification:490 Other languages
890 Other literatures
410 Linguistics
Language:English
Date:2015
Deposited On:29 Apr 2015 14:59
Last Modified:08 Dec 2017 12:56
Publisher:John Benjamins
ISBN:9789027259349
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1075/slcs.169.13jen
Related URLs:https://benjamins.com/#catalog/books/slcs.169.13jen/details

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