Publishing Partner: Cambridge University Press CUP Extra Wiley-Blackwell Publisher Login
amazon logo
More Info


New from Oxford University Press!

ad

Language Planning as a Sociolinguistic Experiment

By: Ernst Jahr

Provides richly detailed insight into the uniqueness of the Norwegian language development. Marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of the Norwegian nation following centuries of Danish rule


New from Cambridge University Press!

ad

Acquiring Phonology: A Cross-Generational Case-Study

By Neil Smith

The study also highlights the constructs of current linguistic theory, arguing for distinctive features and the notion 'onset' and against some of the claims of Optimality Theory and Usage-based accounts.


New from Brill!

ad

Language Production and Interpretation: Linguistics meets Cognition

By Henk Zeevat

The importance of Henk Zeevat's new monograph cannot be overstated. [...] I recommend it to anyone who combines interests in language, logic, and computation [...]. David Beaver, University of Texas at Austin


Book Information

   

Title: Grammatical Variation across Space and Time
Subtitle: The French interrogative system
URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=SILV%203
Series Title: Studies in Language Variation 3
Description:

Interrogative clauses in French show abundant variation, especially with
regard to the position of the subject vis-à-vis the finite verb, the
placement of the wh-word, and the use of question markers such as est-ce
que and ti/tu. This book presents a comprehensive study of the evolution
and use of French interrogative constructions across a time span of
approximately five hundred years by drawing on written sources (15th to
17th century) and oral data (19th and 20th century). Special attention is
paid to the regional variation between European French and Quebec French. A
variationist analysis reveals the relevant sociolinguistic factors
conditioning variant choice. On the basis of the results obtained, the
syntax of the different variants is modeled within the framework of
generative grammar. In particular, the progressive diachronic decline and
restriction of subject-verb inversion is argued to mirror the loss of verb
movement. This book is of interest to anyone concerned with syntactic
variation and change.

Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: John Benjamins
Review: Not available for review. If you would like to review a book on The LINGUIST List, please login to view the AFR list.
BibTex: View BibTex record
Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Sociolinguistics
Syntax
Etymology
Subject Language(s): French
Issue: All announcements sent out by The LINGUIST List are emailed to our subscribers and archived with the Library of Congress.
Click here to see the original emailed issue.

Versions:
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027234833
ISBN-13: 9789027234834
Prices: EuropeEURO 105.00
U.S.$ 158.00
 
Format: Electronic
ISBN:
ISBN-13: 9789027290373
Prices: EuropeEURO 105.00
U.S.$ 158.00