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The articles of this quantity are headquartered round competing perspectives on language swap initially provided on the 2003 overseas convention on historic Linguistics within the very important plenary papers via Henning Andersen and William Croft. The latter proposes an evolutionary version of language swap inside of a domain-neutral version of a ‘generalized research of selection’, while Henning Andersen takes it that cultural phenomena couldn't potentially be dealt with, i.e. saw, defined, understood, within the comparable means as usual phenomena. those papers are types of succinct presentation of vital theoretical framework. the opposite papers current and talk about extra versions of switch, e.g. invisible hand-processes, system-internal versions, sensible and cognitive types. so much papers don't join the evolutionary version; in its place, they concentrate on practical components within the choice and propagation of editions (as against components of code efficiency), or on cognitive and pragmatic views. a number of papers are encouraged by way of the overdue Eugenio Coseriu and by means of Henning Andersen’s theories on language swap. particularly, the amount comprises articles offering fascinating grammaticalization stories and prolonged versions of grammaticalization. The transparent presentation of significant and competing methods to primary questions bearing on language switch should be of excessive curiosity for students and scholars operating within the box of diachrony and typology. The languages said within the papers contain Cantonese, the Chukotko-Kamchatkan languages, Danish, English, Eskimo languages, German, Norwegian, Russian, Spanish, and Swedish.

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If we apply these ideas to the idea of drag chainprocesses, a number of questions become urgent: What are the independent EXPLANATIONS? — SOME METATHEORETICAL REFLECTIONS 39 data affirming that certain phonological structures are “symmetrical” or “harmonious”? Are such characteristics really naturally given qualities? And if they are, which are then the criteria for claiming that something has become “asymmetrical” or “disharmonious”? If we take a look at Figure 1 in the preceding (Section 1), is the post-Old Norse vowel system actually more harmonious than it was before the change?

1996), a corpus of Cantonese adult–child speech, which has coded n and l as they would have occurred before the merger. It is not a large corpus, and its nature means that there is a higher percentage of shorter words than is normal. However, it is appropriate since mergers are most likely to occur as children learn a language. 00090 for FL(n,l), where the n–l opposition was only lost in word-initial position. Such a small number might tempt one to conclude that this is indeed an example of the loss of a contrast with low functional load.

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