By Ole Nedergaard Thomsen
The articles of this quantity are headquartered round competing perspectives on language swap initially offered on the 2003 foreign convention on historic Linguistics within the very important plenary papers via Henning Andersen and William Croft. The latter proposes an evolutionary version of language swap inside of a domain-neutral version of a ‘generalized research of selection’, while Henning Andersen takes it that cultural phenomena couldn't almost certainly be dealt with, i.e. saw, defined, understood, within the comparable approach as traditional phenomena. those papers are types of succinct presentation of vital theoretical framework. the opposite papers current and talk about extra versions of swap, e.g. invisible hand-processes, system-internal versions, sensible and cognitive types. such a lot papers don't sign up for the evolutionary version; as a substitute, they specialise in practical elements within the choice and propagation of editions (as against components of code efficiency), or on cognitive and pragmatic views. numerous papers are encouraged via the past due Eugenio Coseriu and via Henning Andersen’s theories on language swap. specifically, the amount comprises articles featuring attention-grabbing grammaticalization experiences and prolonged types of grammaticalization. The transparent presentation of significant and competing methods to basic questions relating language swap could be of excessive curiosity for students and scholars operating within the box of diachrony and typology. The languages spoke of within the papers contain Cantonese, the Chukotko-Kamchatkan languages, Danish, English, Eskimo languages, German, Norwegian, Russian, Spanish, and Swedish.
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But let us for a moment take for granted the existence of the mechanisms that are supposed to be involved in the chain movements. Whether we localise these mechanisms within language itself or in the mental capacity of the language users, we are all the same confronted with a theoretical dilemma: interpreting a linguistic change with the label ‘chain movement’ is first and 4. 40 BRIT MÆHLUM foremost a description of the processes that may have been going on. As such, these depictions give us an account of a number of what and how questions connected to the process of change, but nothing about the why.
This way of analysing linguistic change represents a genuinely critical alternative to what has been “mainstream” linguistics for the last two hundred years. 1 A unifying char1 This list may be expanded by names like William Croft and Salikoko S. Mufwene and their contributions Explaining Language Change. An evolutionary approach (2000) and The Ecology of Language Evolution (2001), respectively. There is, however, a decisive difference between these two and Shapiro et al. in the preceding, for although both Croft and Mufwene have what I would call a sociolinguistics-like and humanistic approach in their way of handling language change, they at the same time use actively and very explicitly certain biological processes as both a device and a theoretical framework in their analyses.
Indicative 5. Propositional 6. Intuitive judgments 7. Anticipatory 31 EXPLANATIONS, OR ...? e. the qualitative changes that went on within the row of long, back vowels in the Norwegian and Swedish region after the Old Norse period. My real agenda however, is located within the area of philosophy of science. While referring to the more or less codified explanatory principles behind the Scandinavian sound change, I will analyse certain aspects of the dominant research strategies within historical linguistics: which are the prevalent explanations within this scientific tradition, and why have these principles become the authoritative ones?
Competing Models of Linguistic Change: Evolution and Beyond by Ole Nedergaard Thomsen