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Wed Feb 4 2004

Books: Historical Linguistics: Pappas

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  1. palgravemacmillan, Variation and Morphosyntactic Change in Greek: Pappas

Message 1: Variation and Morphosyntactic Change in Greek: Pappas

Date: Wed, 4 Feb 2004 05:07:40 -0500 (EST)
From: palgravemacmillan <>
Subject: Variation and Morphosyntactic Change in Greek: Pappas

Title: Variation and Morphosyntactic Change in Greek
Subtitle: From Clitics to Affixes
Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan 
Book URL: 

Author: Panayiotis Pappas, Assistant Professor of Linguistics at Simon
	Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada

Hardback: ISBN: 140391334X, Pages: 208, Price: �45/$65


'...likely to remain the standard reference work on the subject for
the foreseeable future...meticulously documented and
researched...[its] scholarship [is] always displayed selectively and
appropriately. The comparative sections are highly illuminating for
those interested in clitics from a more general
perspective. Undeniably a major scholarly contribution to its field.'
Professor Geoffrey Horrocks, St John's College, Cambridge

This book deals with some of the major theoretical and descriptive
concerns of the historical linguist. The author presents a
variationist analysis of weak object pronoun placement in Greek during
a transitional period of the language when these elements exhibited
both clitic-like and affix-like behaviour. The statistical analysis of
the data, providing the first accurate description of the pattern of
variation, is used in showing that existing accounts fall short of a
full explanation. An alternative approach forces re-evaluation of the
role of generalizations in linguistic explanation.

 List of Figures
List of Tables
List of Abbreviations
Data Analysis
Linguistic Parameters
Non-linguistic Parameters
Previous Proposals
A Diachronic Perspective
Theoretical Implications

Lingfield(s):	Historical Linguistics 

Written In:	English (Language Code: ENG)

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