By Julia Schlüter

This groundbreaking publication highlights a phonological choice, the primary of Rhythmic Alternation, as an element in grammatical edition and alter in English from the early glossy interval to the current. even though usually missed in past learn, the phonetically prompted avoidance of adjoining stresses is proven to exert a power on a wide selection of phenomena in morphology and syntax.

in response to in-depth analyses of in depth digital databases, the ebook offers 20 exemplary reports from varied structural different types. between them are much-debated in addition to novel concerns, together with the double comparative worser, 'predicative in simple terms' a- adjectives, variation prior participles, the situation of the measure modifier quite, the order of conjuncts in binomials, the negation of attributive adjectives and sentence adverbs, variable adverbial marking, the use or omission of the infinitive marker, and the a- prefix sooner than - ing forms. The stories offer qualitative and quantitative proof of the significance of rhythmic alternation in synchronic version in addition to diachronic switch, with no neglecting interactions with a collection of competing useful traits. hence, the ebook contributes crucial facets to the outline and rationalization of the phenomena thought of, calling for a primary revision of present puzzling over the interface among phonology and morphosyntax. additionally, the empirical findings are dropped at endure on theoretical discussions of extra basic curiosity, yielding a severe review of the advantages and obstacles of 2 nonmodular linguistic theories: Optimality conception and spreading activation versions. The latter variety is constructed right into a accomplished belief integrating sensible components equivalent to the primary of Rhythmic Alternation in an overarching framework for language version and alter.

The wide selection of topic parts coated makes the quantity crucial studying and a resource of notion for linguists with pursuits as diversified because the phonology-morphosyntax interface, English grammar, the historical past of English, practical linguistics, Optimality idea, in addition to neuro- and psycholinguistics.

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