Language Acquisition and Change

Meisel, Jurgen M.; Elsig, Martin; Rinke, Esther

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Offers a theory of diachronic change based on studies of language acquisition. This title addresses diachronic change of languages in terms of a restructuring of speakers' internal grammatical knowledge. Num Pages: 208 pages. BIC Classification: CFDC; CFK. Category: (UP) Postgraduate, Research & Scholarly. Dimension: 145 x 217 x 17. Weight in Grams: 382. . 2013. 1st Edition. Hardcover. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory #

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Synopsis: Historical linguistics commonly invokes the child as the principal agent of change. Using this as a starting point, the authors address diachronic language change against a background of insights gained from extensive research into mono- and bilingual language acquisition. The evidence shows that children are remarkably successful in reconstructing the grammars of their ambient languages so the authors reconsider a number of commonly held explanatory models of language change, including language contact and structural ambiguity in the input. Based on a variety of case studies, this innovative take on the subject argues that morphosyntactic change in core areas of grammar typically happens in settings involving second language acquisition. Here, the children acting as causal agents of restructuring are either second language learners or are continuously exposed to the speech of second language speakers. The authors answer questions about the circumstances surrounding grammatical change in terms of a restructuring of speakers' internal grammatical knowledge constructing a general theory of diachronic change consistent with insights from language acquisition.

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Jurgen Meisel is Emeritus Professor of Romance Linguistics at the University of Hamburg.

Martin Elsig is Research Assistant at the Goethe-University Frankfurt.

Esther Rinke is Professor of Iberoromance Linguistics at the Goethe-University Frankfurt.

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