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Diachronic Studies of Ancient Greek Literature and Culture

cut through the cultural diachrony, because they were both universal and historical in nature. Furthermore, they maintained the main semantic core, although they could be interpreted in various ways depending on changing religious, political and social contexts. It is worth emphasizing that they safeguarded tradition and cultural identity, since they functioned as a medium for transmitting literary memory, which in turn guaranteed the productivity of the normative system. It is important to remember that the specific nature of artistic activity and the character of

Where’s diachrony? FRANS PLANK Linguistic Typology 15 (2011), 455–471 1430–0532/2011/015-0455 DOI 10.1515/LITY.2011.030 ©Walter de Gruyter 1. Universals matter, never mind No universals? If there were linguistic universals, what is it they would be doing? Universals would not be mere playthings for typologists – call them “crosslinguistic descriptive generalisations” for respectability, but never mind what they mean. To have or not to have universals is no petty matter: at issue is the human mind and its history. Universals would be enforcing certain op- tions

Claudine Chamoreau (Paris) Dialectology, typology, diachrony, and contact linguistics: a multi-layered perspective in Purepecha Abstract The aim of this paper is to explore the relations between four domains dealing with linguistic varia- tion: dialectology, typology, diachrony, and contact linguistics. I will contribute to dialectal research that includes syntactic questions by exploring the typological and geographical variations in the position of the indefinite article in the noun phrase in Purepecha. I show that a syntactic focus in dialectal research

Diego dissertation. Shih Chi-lin 1986 The prosodic domain of tone sandhi in Chinese San Diego, CA University of California, San Diego dissertation Smith, Laura Catharine & Adam Ussishkin. 2015. The role of prosodic templates in diachrony. In Patrick Honeybone & Joseph Salmons (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Historical Phonology , 262–285. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Smith Laura Catharine Ussishkin Adam 2015 The role of prosodic templates in diachrony Honeybone Patrick Salmons Joseph The Oxford Handbook of Historical Phonology 262 285 Oxford Oxford University

depicted by the verb provides a markedly more indirect way of attaining the agent’s goal. Similar cases cited by Israel (1996 : 224) involve the verbs write , spell , and smirk . This paper presents an attempt to study syntactic productivity in diachrony in a fully data-driven way. As reported in Section 2 , most contemporary approaches to syntactic productivity emphasize the role of semantics, which poses the methodological problem of defining and operationalizing word meaning and semantic similarity. As discussed in Section 3 , none of the current solutions is

of a negation construction. Before proceeding to our hypothesis on diachrony, we have to consider synchronic occurrences of ki in positive clauses first. 4.2 The multifaceted ki All evidence suggests that the element ki has a verbal origin. It occurs clause-finally, where only verbs usually occur in Awa Pit ( Curnow 1997 : 50). And the negative element ki can carry tense specifications (as shown in example 7a). Although we are aware that cross-linguistically marking of tense is not restricted to the verbal domain (e.g. Nordlinger and Sadler 2004

Japanese and the Transeurasian Languages