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Title:Conventionalization of grammatical anomolies through linearization
Author(s):Daniel Ross
Subject(s):Linguistics
Syntax
prenomical adjectives
grammaticality illusions
diachrony
syntactic amalgam
synchrony
Abstract:This article explores the diachronic influence of linear form in the grammaticalization of new constructions, especially those with distinctive functional and structural properties. For example, it is shown that the coordination of prenominal adjectives without an overt conjunction in English (relevant, interesting research) is due to reanalysis of an original historical structure expressing a modification relationship (tall young man). Examples of this type are discussed in the context of grammaticality illusions, where speakers parse structures and meanings other than intended by the speaker or when the blending of two grammatical constructions produces a syntactic amalgam. Diachronic changes based on linear form thus enter the grammar as exceptional but conventionalized constructions. The paper emphasizes the need to consider surface form as well as structure and meaning in both diachronic and synchronic analysis.
Issue Date:2018
Publisher:Studies in the Linguistic Sciences: Illinois Working Papers
Citation Info:Studies in the Linguistic Sciences: Illinois Working Papers 42: 01-29
Genre:Article
Type:Text
Language:English
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/102155
Date Available in IDEALS:2018-12-10


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