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Change in grammar


Hundt, Marianne (2019). Change in grammar. In: Aarts, Bas; Bowie, Jill; Popova, Gergana. The Oxford Handbook of English Grammar. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 581-603.

Abstract

The chapter discusses morphological and syntactic change against the backdrop of different theoretical (formal vs. functional/usage-based) and methodological approaches (introspection vs. corpus data). Specifically, it addresses the question whether grammatical change happens suddenly in a catastrophic resetting of parameters or whether change happens in a more piecemeal, incremental fashion. The case studies that are used to illustrate syntactic demise, innovation and grammatical revival come from the area of mood (an inflectional category) and modality, notably the grammaticalisation of modal verbs. Semi-modals such as (had) better are discussed as examples of constructionalisation. Taken together, grammatical changes in mood and modality are ideally suited to exemplify more long-term typological developments in English from a synthetic to a largely analytic language.

Abstract

The chapter discusses morphological and syntactic change against the backdrop of different theoretical (formal vs. functional/usage-based) and methodological approaches (introspection vs. corpus data). Specifically, it addresses the question whether grammatical change happens suddenly in a catastrophic resetting of parameters or whether change happens in a more piecemeal, incremental fashion. The case studies that are used to illustrate syntactic demise, innovation and grammatical revival come from the area of mood (an inflectional category) and modality, notably the grammaticalisation of modal verbs. Semi-modals such as (had) better are discussed as examples of constructionalisation. Taken together, grammatical changes in mood and modality are ideally suited to exemplify more long-term typological developments in English from a synthetic to a largely analytic language.

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Item Type:Book Section, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > English Department
06 Faculty of Arts > Center for Linguistics
Dewey Decimal Classification:400 Language
410 Linguistics
Language:English
Date:September 2019
Deposited On:20 May 2019 12:42
Last Modified:20 May 2019 12:42
Publisher:Oxford University Press
Series Name:Oxford handbooks
ISBN:9780198755104
OA Status:Closed
Related URLs:https://global.oup.com/academic/product/the-oxford-handbook-of-english-grammar-9780198755104?cc=ch&lang=en& (Publisher)

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