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By Agnes Jäger, Doris Penka

This quantity makes a speciality of the interaction of syntactic and semantic components in language swap. The contributions draw on facts from a variety of Indo-European languages and tackle the query of the way syntactic and semantic switch are associated and no matter if either are ruled by means of related constraints, rules and systematic mechanisms. the quantity will attract students in old linguistics and formal theories of syntax and semantics.

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Roberts 2007: 273–274). 9 In Section 3 we already mentioned Lightfoot’s (1979) Transparency Principle, which “requires derivations to be minimally complex and initial, underlying structures to be ‘close’ to their respective surface structures” (Light-foot 1979: 121). Diachronic syntacticians have been trying to give a precise formalization of the notion of “simplicity” involved in reanalysis. Roberts (1993), with his “Least Effort Strategy”, formalizes simplicity in terms of “shortest derivation”: “Representations assigned to sentences of the input to acquisition should be such that they contain the set of the shortest possible chains (consistent with (a) principles of grammars, (b) other aspects of the trigger experience)” (1993: 156).

Susanne Trissler provided invaluable help with proof-reading and formatting. Finally, we thankfully acknowledge the financial support of the Zukunftskolleg at the University of Konstanz. Cologne and Konstanz, October 2014 Chiara Gianollo Agnes Jäger Doris Penka Table of Contents Trends in Linguistics Studies and Monographs Title Page Copyright Page Preface and acknowledgements 1 Language change at the syntax-semantics interface. 2 Syntactic and semantic change: comparable mechanisms? 3 Where do the features come from and how are they ordered?

The contributions draw on data from numerous Indo-European languages including Vedic Sanskrit, Middle Indic, Greek as well as English and German, and discuss a range of phenomena such as change in negation markers, indefinite articles, quantifiers, modal verbs, argument structure among others. The papers analyze diachronic evidence in the light of contemporary syntactic and semantic theory, addressing the crucial question of how syntactic and semantic change are linked, and whether both are governed by similar constraints, principles and systematic mechanisms.

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