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Language Acquisition and Change: A Morphosyntactic Perspective

Jurgen Meisel, Martin Elsig, and Esther Rinke


This book discusses diachronic change of languages in terms of restructuring of speakers’ internal grammatical knowledge: Under which circumstances does grammatical change come about? One answer in historical linguistics has been to invoke the child as principal agent of change. But efforts to construct a theory of diachronic change consistent with findings from psycholinguistics are scarce. Here, these questions are therefore addressed against the background of insights from research on monolingual and bilingual acquisition. Given that children are remarkably successful in reconstructing the ... More

Keywords: Diachronic change, morphosyntax, parameters of Universal Grammar, restructuring of grammars, monolingual and bilingual acquisition, language contact, structural ambiguity, Romance languages

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780748642250
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748642250.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jurgen Meisel, author
University of Hamburg

Martin Elsig, author
Goethe-University Frankfurt

Esther Rinke, author
Goethe-University Frankfurt