Syntactic Change: A Minimalist Approach to Grammaticalization

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The phenomenon of grammaticalization--the historical process whereby new grammatical material is created--has attracted a great deal of attention within linguistics in recent years. However, until now no attempt has been made to provide a general account of this phenomenon in terms of a formal theory of syntax. This book shows how this approach gives rise to a number of important conceptual and theoretical issues concerning the nature of functional categories and the form of parameters, as well as the relation of both of these to language change.
 

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Contents

Acknowledgements page xi
1
Parameters functional heads and language change
9
T elements
35
Contents
167
Theoretical consequences
194
On the nature of functional categories
218
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Ian Roberts is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Cambridge.

Ian Roberts is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Cambridge.

Anna Roussou is Assistant Professor at the University of Patras, Greece.

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