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Title: The Future in Thought and Language
Subtitle: Diachronic Evidence from Romance
Series Title: Cambridge Studies in Linguistics 36
Description:

Questions about the development of the Romance future have engaged scholars
since Thielmann's classic statement of 1885, yet a century later a number
of the fundamental issues remain unresolved. Professor Fleischman suggests
that this is in part due to the narrow sense in which the question has
traditionally been formulated - as simply the history of the
'future-tense' slot in the grammar - and in part the result of the
investigative approach, which until recently has taken little account of
important advances in general linguistics in the field of diachronic
syntax. The present volume examines 'future' as a conceptual category and
discusses the various strategies that have been used to map this conceptual
category on to grammar in Romance. The data are taken in the main from
Western Romance languages, particularly French, and frequent parallels are
drawn with English. To account for the evolution of the future, Professor
Fleischman proposes a network of interrelated, often cyclical developments
in syntax and semantics, and seeks to place the individual diachronic
events within a broader framework of syntactic typology and universal
patterns of word-order change.

Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Semantics
Syntax
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ISBN-13: 9780521105705
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