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‘A peculiar beauty of our language’

Lieselotte Anderwald.

in Language Between Description and Prescription

August 2016; p ublished online August 2016 .

Chapter. Subjects: Historical and Diachronic Linguistics; Linguistics. 14005 words.

Chapter 6 investigates the rise of the progressive over the course of the nineteenth century, and its treatment in grammars of the time. The progressive rose considerably in text frequency,...

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A‐prosthesis

Rodney Sampson.

in Vowel Prosthesis in Romance

October 2009; p ublished online February 2010 .

Chapter. Subjects: Historical and Diachronic Linguistics. 21732 words.

This category of vowel prosthesis postdates I‐prosthesis and operated on rhotic‐initial words. Its early development is examined closely, and its geographical diffusion and likely causation...

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Academy of Persian Language and Literature

Mohammad Dabir-Moghaddam.

in The Oxford Handbook of Persian Linguistics

August 2018; p ublished online September 2018 .

Article. Subjects: Language Families; Historical and Diachronic Linguistics. 3832 words.

In this chapter, the Academy of Persian Language and Literature is introduced in the context of an eighty-year-old history of the establishment of the Academy in Iran. The chapter intends...

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Accidents

P. H. Matthews.

in What Graeco-Roman Grammar Was About

February 2019; p ublished online April 2019 .

Chapter. Subjects: Historical and Diachronic Linguistics; Grammar, Syntax and Morphology. 4425 words.

This chapter addresses the ‘accidents’ of words. As defined in the New Shorter Oxford Dictionary, ‘accidence’ is ‘that part of grammar which deals with variable forms of words (inflections...

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The ACI construction in the history of German

Augustin Speyer.

in Clause Structure and Word Order in the History of German

March 2018; p ublished online April 2018 .

Chapter. Subjects: Historical and Diachronic Linguistics; Grammar, Syntax and Morphology. 7264 words.

The ACI (accusativus cum infinitivo) in Modern German is governed almost exclusively by perception verbs. For genuine OHG, the same can be said. In MHG and ENHG authors began to experiment...

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Acoustic realization of vowels as a function of syllabic position

Cédric Gendrot, Martine Adda-Decker and Fabián Santiago.

in Romance Phonetics and Phonology

November 2018; p ublished online January 2019 .

Chapter. Subjects: Historical and Diachronic Linguistics; Phonetics and Phonology. 5242 words.

Corpora of prepared speech were compared between two Romance languages: French and Spanish. Results of this comparison show that owing to its presence of lexical stress—itself involving...

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Active/passive, reflexivity, and intransitivization

Harm Pinkster.

in The Oxford Latin Syntax

August 2015; p ublished online December 2015 .

Chapter. Subjects: Grammar, Syntax and Morphology; Historical and Diachronic Linguistics. 23414 words.

In this chapter three uses of the verbs that are normally treated in different chapters are discussed together. It is shown that from a semantic point of view the passive, reflexive, and...

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Adamántios Koraïs (Αδαμάντιος‎ Κοραής‎)

Florian Coulmas.

in Guardians of Language

March 2016; p ublished online March 2016 .

Chapter. Subjects: Sociolinguistics; Historical and Diachronic Linguistics. 3167 words.

Greece is the cradle of European civilization, and for many centuries Greek was the language of civilization. But under foreign rule Hellas declined, and so did the prestige of Greek as the...

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Address systems

Richard Ashdowne.

in The Oxford Guide to the Romance Languages

June 2016; p ublished online August 2016 .

Chapter. Subjects: Historical and Diachronic Linguistics. 8380 words.

This chapter surveys some of the most important issues in Romance address systems. It covers the principal pronominal and verbal systems of address across Romance; sources of innovative...

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Addressing questions of grammaticalization in creoles

Hiram L. Smith.

in Grammaticalization from a Typological Perspective

November 2018; p ublished online December 2018 .

Chapter. Subjects: Historical and Diachronic Linguistics. 9397 words.

Claims about grammaticalization in creole languages are often made without applying empirical tests. For Palenquero Creole, the habitual morpheme asé bears formal resemblance to Spanish hac...

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