Skip to main content

Formal mismatches and functional advantage in syntactic change: The case of Old and Middle Russian non-verbal predicates

Buy Article:

$36.18 plus tax (Refund Policy)

Abstract:

This paper relies on the idea that syntactic change stems from linguistic factors that are different in nature and, consequently, trigger different results. Specifically, I distinguish the causes, processes and results related to two different kinds of syntactic change, a ‘formal’ type of change vs. a ‘functional’ one. The hypotheses pursued here are the following: (i) Mismatches between the formal features a learner has acquired and certain data she receives during the language acquisition period lead to a syntactic change type, which restructures completely the syntactic derivation involved; (ii) The advantage of parsing one variant over parsing another triggers a different kind of change, namely one that affects specific instances or uses / registers of the crucial syntactic structure. To illustrate this, I analyze the role of functional advantage and formal changes in the historical development of the case system of Russian non-verbal predication.

Keywords: Middle Russian; Old Russian; case feature; formal mismatch; functional advantage; parsability; syntactic change; theta-role

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1075/dia.29.2.05mad

Publication date: January 1, 2012

More about this publication?
  • International Journal for Historical Linguistics
jbp/dia/2012/00000029/00000002/art00005
dcterms_title,dcterms_description,pub_keyword
6
5
20
40
5

Access Key

Free Content
Free content
New Content
New content
Open Access Content
Open access content
Subscribed Content
Subscribed content
Free Trial Content
Free trial content
Cookie Policy
X
Cookie Policy
Ingenta Connect website makes use of cookies so as to keep track of data that you have filled in. I am Happy with this Find out more