Emmanuelle Labeau, Jacques Bres

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The present book focuses on evolution in the Romance verbal systems. In the wake of Bybee’s and Dahl’s studies, it advocates the benefits
of adopting a cross-linguistic and diachronic approach to the study of linguistic phenomena. Within the scope of the Romance family, similar
cross-linguistic evolution paths are explored, as related languages at different stages of grammaticalisation may shed light on each other’s
developments. A diachronic dimension also proves desirable for several reasons. First, a diachronic approach significantly enhances the
explanatory power of linguistic theory by showing how a specific form came to convey a certain function. Second, change is better revealed in
diachronic movement than in static synchrony. Third, meaning constantly evolves and a one-off probe will be less revealing than a sustained
study through time. Finally and most importantly, similarities across languages appear more obviously in diachrony. All the chapters of this
volume participate in their own way to that crosslinguistic and diachronic approach and help make it an original, focused contribution that covers
all main Romance languages.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEvolution in romance verbal systems
EditorsJacques Brès, Emmanuelle Labeau
Place of PublicationOxford (UK)
PublisherPeter Lang
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-0352-0233-5
ISBN (Print)978-3-0343-1438-1
Publication statusPublished - 3 Dec 2013

Publication series

NameSciences pour la Communication
PublisherPeter Lang


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