Linguistik | Kolloquien | Vortrag

Fachbereichskolloquium: Reanalysis2 and the directionality of “change events”: Bringing morphological change into the fold

Donnerstag, 24. November 2022
11:45 bis 13:15 Uhr

G 307

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Fachbereich Linguistik

Vortragende Person/Vortragende Personen:
Laura Grestenberger (Austrian Academy of Sciences)

The assumption that language change is (uni)directional has long been at the core of formal approaches to phonological and syntactic change and has made it possible to derive a typology of possible and impossible change events in these domains from the interaction of principles specific to language acquisition and “third factor principles” (Chomsky 2005), cf., e.g., for phonology θ > f but f ≯ θ, Honeybone 2016; for syntax cf. economy principles such as Upwards Reanalysis, Roberts & Roussou 2003; the Late Merge Principle, van Gelderen 2004, 2011, etc. However, it is unclear how morphological change fits into this picture – is morphological change directional, and what are impossible morphological changes? What (if any) is the domain of morphological change?