Morphology and Universals in Syntactic Change: Evidence from Medieval and Modern Greek, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Morphology and Universals in Syntactic Change

Evidence from Medieval and Modern Greek, 1st Edition

By Brian D. Joseph


334 pages

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This book, first published in 1990, is a study of both the specific syntactic changes in the more recent stages of Greek and of the nature of syntactic change in general. Guided by the constraints and principles of Universal Grammar, this hypothesis of this study allows for an understanding of how these changes in Greek syntax occurred and so provides insight into the mechanism of syntactic change. This title will be of interest to students of language and linguistics.

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1990 Preface; 1: The Question of Methodology 2. The History of the Infinite in Greek 3. Object Deletion 4. Object Raising 5. Thelo:-Futures and Clause Union 6. Theories of Syntactic Change 7. Explanation of the Object Deletion Changes 8. Explanation of the Object Raising Changes 9. The Change in the Thelo-Futures 10. Infinitival Relatives 11. Raising and Reflexives 12. Towards a Model of Syntactic Changes; Appendix; Bibliography

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: Syntax

This set reissues 22 books on syntax, originally published between 1971 and 1994. Together, the volumes cover key topics within the larger subject of syntax, including reflexivization, morphology and syntactical theory. Written by an international set of scholars, particular volumes focus on languages such as French and Spanish, whilst other volumes are devoted specifically to syntax in the English language. This collection provides insight and perspective on various elements of syntax over a period of over 20 years and demonstrates its enduring importance as a field of research.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Grammar & Punctuation
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Syntax