Cynthia L. Allen

in Genitives in Early English

Published in print November 2008 | ISBN: 9780199216680
Published online January 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191711893 | DOI:

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This chapter summarizes the findings of the book as a whole. Arguments based on typology cannot be given more importance than the evidence provided by reliable texts, nor can it be assumed that similar-looking constructions in two languages arose in the same way. If changes to grammars are thought of in terms of parameter settings, the change in the settings is the final stage in syntactic change, not the beginning.

Keywords: linguistic typology; diachronic syntax; generative grammar; texts; parameter settings

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Subjects: Historical and Diachronic Linguistics

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