Historical Syntax in Cross-Linguistic Perspective (Cambridge Studies in Linguistics)

  • Publish Date: 1995-09-29
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Author: Alice C. Harris;Lyle Campbell
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In this important new work, Alice Harris and Lyle Campbell set out to establish a general framework for the investigation of syntactic change. Using a cross-linguistic approach, they reveal shared properties of changes across languages, determine what mechanisms lie behind them, and how they correlate to the overall explanation of syntactic change. They draw on data drawn from a wide variety of languages, in particluar those from the Indo-European, Finno-Ugric, Kartvelian, and North East Caucasian families.