Historical Linguistics 1995: Selected Papers from the 12th International Conference on Historical Linguistics, Manchester, August 1995, Volume 2

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Richard M. Hogg, Linda van Bergen
John Benjamins Publishing, Jan 1, 1998 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 375 pages
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The Twelfth International Conference on Historical Linguistics, which is the major forum for the presentation of work in progress in the field of diachronic linguistics, took place at the University of Manchester in August 1995. The quality and breadth of the abstracts submitted for the general programme was such that four parallel sessions were needed throughout the conference. The present volume contains selected papers which deal with the Germanic languages. A companion volume, edited by J.C. Smith and Delia Bentley, contains papers on general problems in historical linguistics and studies of non-Germanic languages. The conference reflected the current health of diachronic linguistics. There were more papers and more participants than at past conferences, and the discussion covered a broader range of languages than hitherto.
Sometimes it has been possible to isolate a particular preoccupation which has dominated much of the conference; but the overall impression to be gained from the Manchester meeting was one of stimulating diversity the discipline appears to be moving forward on many fronts simultaneously, yet without losing focus. This stimulating diversity is well reflected in this important collection.
  

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Contents

A corpus study of would + have + pastparticiple
1
From modal auxiliary to lexical verb The curious case of Pennsylvania German wotte
19
A subjectverb agreement hierarchy Evidence from analogical change in modern English dialects
35
Language change as reranking of constraints
45
Loss of prototypical meanings in the history of English semantics or semantic redeployment
63
How a man changed a parameter value The loss of SOV in Estonian subclauses
73
Some constraints on the borrowability of syntactic features and why none of them work
89
On the nonloss of polarity sensitivityDutch ooit
101
Reconstructing the social dimension of diachronic language change
189
Grammaticalization versus reanalysisThe case ofpossessiveconstructions in Germanic
211
Word frequency and lexical diffusion in English stress shifts
223
Postverbal complements in Old English
233
Semantic stability in derivationally related words
247
Language change in progressMorphological erosion in presentday South African Dutch and 18th century Cape Dutch
269
Phonological simplification vs stylistic differentiation in the history of German word stress
285
What is metonymy?
301

The development of secondary stress in Old English
115
Morphological restructuring The case of Old English and Middle English verbs
131
Backdating the English Constraint Grammar Parser for the analysis of English historical texts
149
Vowel variation in ProtoGermanie ai in 16th and 17thcentury Holland
167
Language prescriptionA success in failures clothing?
177
On the development of marked negation systemsThe Dutch situation in the seventeenth century
311
On the development of incorporating structuresin German
331
Indexof subjects
345
Index of names
357
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About the author (1998)

Richard Hogg is Smith Professor of Language and Medieval English at the University of Manchester.