The Emergence and Development of Svo Patterning in Latin and French: Diachronic and Psycholinguistic Perspectives

Oxford University Press (1995)

Abstract
This book analyzes--in terms of branching--the pervasive reorganization of Latin syntactic and morphological structures: in the development from Latin to French, a shift can be observed from the archaic, left-branching structures (which Latin inherited from Proto-Indo-European) to modern right-branching equivalents. Brigitte Bauer presents a detailed analysis of this development based on the theoretical discussion and definition of "branching" and "head." Subsequently she relates the diachronic shift to psycholinguistic evidence, arguing that the difficuly of LB complex structures as reflected in their painstaking and delayed acquisition accounts for the extensive typological shift from left to right branching that took place in Latin/French and the other Indo-European languages.
Keywords Grammar, Comparative and general Word order  Historical linguistics  Typology (Linguistics  Language acquisition  Latin language Word order  Latin language Grammar, Historical  French language Word order  French language Grammar, Historical
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Call number P295.B36 1995
ISBN(s) 0195091035   9780195091038
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