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Language Structure, Variation and Change: The Case of Old Spanish Syntax

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Ian MacKenzie


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This book offers an original account of the dynamics of syntactic change and the evolving structure of Old Spanish that combines rigorous manuscript-based investigation, quantitative analysis and a syntactic approach grounded in Minimalist thinking. Its analysis of both successful and failed changes demonstrates the degree of unpredictability caused by the interaction of competing factors and will shed fresh light on the assumed unidirectionality of linguistic change. Importantly, it reveals that Old Spanish and modern Spanish are more similar to one another than is usually supposed and demonstrates that many of the differences between the two varieties are quantitative rather than qualitative.

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Author(s): Mackenzie IE

Publication type: Authored Book

Publication status: Published

Year: 2019

Number of Pages: 256

Print publication date: 01/04/2019

Acceptance date: 23/10/2018

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan


DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-10567-9

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ISBN: 9783030105662