The Emergence of Grammars. A Closer Look at Dialects between Phonology and Morphosyntax


Michela Russo (Editor) – Professor, Director of the Linguistics Department, Jean Moulin University Lyon III, France

Series: Languages and Linguistics

BISAC: LAN011000

What is a grammar? What types of grammar are possible in natural languages? Why and to what extent do grammatical properties vary from one language to another?

This book gathers ten original contributions on the phonology and morphosyntax of various languages, which, from several complementary angles, contribute to the general debate on the genesis and structure of grammars. Their common thread is the logical relationship between general theory and particular grammar(s).

Basing their reflections on the careful study of various empirical materials (from Lithuanian, Gothic, Sanskrit, Nakanai, Bosnian, Croatian and Serbian, Finnic languages, Atlantic Languages, Proto-Western Arabic and Maltese, to Occitan, Medieval French, Medieval and Modern Italo-Romance), the general and common angle to these contributions is to describe and model variation in grammar.

The contributions help to show how grammar is structured at different levels of linguistic analysis and how syntactic, morphological and phonological theories are mutually enriched by work carried out at their interface.

The book, which combines theoretical linguistics with a great concern for detailed description, is intended for all general linguists interested in phonology, morphology, syntax and typological variation.



(Michela Russo, Linguistics Department, Lyon 3 University and UMR 7023 SFL CNRS)

Chapter 1. The Secondary Locative Cases in the Lithuanian Dialect of Zietela
(Daniel Petit – Department of Antiquities, École Normale Supérieure, Paris, France)

Chapter 2. First Conjunct Agreement Is Not an Elliptical Illusion: A Case of Prenominal Adjectives
(Nadira Aljović – University of Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Chapter 3. Null Subjects and Subject Pronouns in Diachrony: Evidence from Textual Sources of Northern Occitan (Velay)
(Vincent Surrel – UMR 7023 SFL CNRS/University Paris of 8/École nationale des chartes, Paris (ENC), France)

Chapter 4. Accounting for the Definite Articles in Medieval Italian and Modern Dialects. No Allomorphy – A Common UR
(Michela Russo, Linguistics Department, Lyon 3 University and UMR 7023 SFL CNRS, France; Shanti Ulfsbjorninn, Modern Languages and Basque Studies Department, Deusto University, Spain)

Chapter 5. Emergence of Maltese Morpho-Phonological Profiles
(Gilbert Puech – University of Lyon, France)

Chapter 6. Sonority and Reduplication: An Attempt to Reduce the Sonority Condition to a Templatic Condition
(Guillaume Enguehard – Department of Linguistics, University of Orléans, Orléans, France)

Chapter 7. Repetitions, Rests Insertion and Schwa in 16th Century French Polyphony: An Emergent Sub-Grammar in Fresneau’s Songs?
(Timothée Premat, UMR 7023 SFL CNRS, University of Paris 8, France; Sophie Chouvion, Department of Musicology, UMR 5317 IHRIM CNRS, Lyon 2 University, France; Axelle Verner Singer, Mezzo-Soprano, CNSMD Lyon, France)

Chapter 8. Locative, Presentative and Progressive Constructions in Atlantic Languages
(Maximilien Guérin – LLACAN (UMR 8135) CNRS, Paris, France)

Chapter 9. Paradigm Function Morphology Applied to the Southern Finnic Dialect Network
(Jean Léo Léonard – Dipralang EA 739, Montpellier 3 University, France)

Chapter 10. Plautdietsch: A Remarkable Story of Language Maintenance and Change
(John te Velde, Department of Languages and Literatures, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK, USA; Nora Vosburg, German Department, St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN, USA)

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