By Eric Fuß
This publication investigates the old paths best from pronouns to markers of verbal contract and proposes a unified formal account of this grammaticalization strategy. towards ideals generally held within the literature, it's argued that new contract formatives might be coined in a large number of syntactic environments. nonetheless, the person paths towards contract are proven to convey a collection of underlying similarities that are attributed to common rules that govern the reanalysis of pronominal clitics as exponents of verbal contract throughout languages. it really is claimed that syntactic rules impose just a set of helpful stipulations at the reanalysis in query, whereas its final set off is morphological in nature. extra particularly, it truly is argued that the purchase of inflectional morphology is ruled via blocking off results which function in the course of language acquisition and advertise the grammaticalization of recent markers if this alteration serves to interchange ‘worn-out’, underspecified kinds with new, extra targeted applicants.
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Introduction must give rise to structural simplification, in the sense that the structures resulting from the reanalysis of clitics must involve less complex (syntactic) derivations. Based on these assumptions, a set of historical scenarios is presented where the reanalysis of clitic pronouns as agreement markers may be triggered. In Chapter 5, I take a closer look at a subset of these scenarios, focusing on the reanalysis of C-oriented clitics. It is shown that the latter change is shaped by independent syntactic properties of the languages under consideration, arguing that the V2 property facilitated the development of new agreement markers in German and Rhaeto-Romance varieties.
DM assumes that the morphological component operates post-syntactically, interpreting the output of the syntactic derivation. In other words, the morphological component mediates between the syntactic and the phonological modules of grammar. , heads). 7 In the morphological component, the terminal nodes are associated with phonological exponents in a process called Vocabulary Insertion. , insertion contexts) is stored in individual Vocabulary items. indic. 7 (400-470) Chapter 2. , a certain morpheme).
In other words, most researchers (working in the generative paradigm) agree that children always succeed in acquiring the target grammar that generates the linguistic data they are exposed to, even if this data is apparently flawed and insufficient (sometimes called the “the logical problem of language acquisition”, cf. Chomsky 1986a for discussion). This leads to the “logical problem of language change” as Niyogi and Berwick (1998) choose to call it: After all, if all children successfully attain the grammars of their parents and they continue to do this generation after generation, then the linguistic composition of every generation would look exactly like the linguistic composition of the previous generation and languages would not change with time.
The Rise of Agreement: A Formal Approach to the Syntax And Grammaticalization of Verbal Inflection (Linguistik Aktuell Linguistics Today) by Eric Fuß