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Frequency of Use and the Organization of Language

Frequency of Use and the Organization of Language

Joan Bybee

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780195301571
eISBN:
9780199867271
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195301571.001.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Historical Linguistics, Phonetics / Phonology

This book essentially argues for the importance of word frequency as a factor in the analysis and explanation of language structure. In other words, the roles of words and other linguistic phenomena ... More

Typological Change in Chinese Syntax

Typological Change in Chinese Syntax

Dan Xu

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199297566
eISBN:
9780191711299
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199297566.001.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Historical Linguistics, Phonetics / Phonology

This new interpretation of the early history of Chinese argues that Old Chinese was typologically a ‘mixed’ language. It shows that, though its dominant word order was subject-verb-object, this ... More

Vowel Length From Latin to Romance

Vowel Length From Latin to Romance

Michele Loporcaro

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780199656554
eISBN:
9780191779749
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199656554.001.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Historical Linguistics, Phonetics / Phonology

The book provides a global reappraisal of a central topic of Romance historical linguistics: the development of vowel length from Latin to the Romance languages and dialects. In Latin, vowel length ... More

Vowel Prosthesis in RomanceA Diachronic Study

Vowel Prosthesis in Romance: A Diachronic Study

Rodney Sampson

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780199541157
eISBN:
9780191716096
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199541157.001.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Historical Linguistics, Phonetics / Phonology

This book presents for the first time an in‐depth historical account of vowel prosthesis in the Romance languages. Vowel prosthesis is a change which involves the appearance of a non‐etymological ... More

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