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Change in Verbal Systems Issues on Explanation Kerstin Eksell

Change in Verbal Systems Issues on Explanation

Kerstin Eksell

Published October 9th 2006
ISBN : 9783631545300
Paperback
218 pages
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This volume presents nine contributions to the study of changes in the verbal system of French and Spanish as well as of Indian, Semitic and Slavic languages. Following new trends in the study of language development, language change is described asMoreThis volume presents nine contributions to the study of changes in the verbal system of French and Spanish as well as of Indian, Semitic and Slavic languages. Following new trends in the study of language development, language change is described as processes of grammaticalisation, reanalysis and actualisation. The onset of language change is described as being pragmatically conditioned, at the service of felicitous communication between speaker and listener. This process is further seen as closely interacting with socio-cultural factors as well as drift and language typology.