Did language evolve through language change? On language change, language evolution and grammaticalization theory
Resumen: The relation between language change and the process of language evolution is controversial in current linguistic theory. Some authors believe that the two processes are completely unrelated, while for others the evolution of language is (at least in part) a consequence of linguistic changes. Both models imply a very different assessment of what is changing when languages themselves change. I present an explicit model of what changes when languages change, and I show that the claim that language change is a crucial factor in explaining the evolution of human language, although suggestive and very popular, faces problems of a theoretical and empirical nature.
Idioma: Inglés
DOI: 10.5334/gjgl.895
Año: 2019
Publicado en: Glossa 4, 1 (2019), 124 1-30
ISSN: 0017-1271

Financiación: info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/ES/MINECO-FEDER/FFI2017-82460-P
Tipo y forma: Article (Published version)
Área (Departamento): Área Lingüística General (Dpto. Lingüíst. Gral. e Hisp.)

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