Tid: Torsdag 31 oktober, kl. 15:00–17:00
Plats: rum C307, Södra huset, Frescati

Postseminarium äger rum direkt efter seminariet i institutionens pentry.


The last 15 years or so have seen a radical increase in the attention paid within formal models of grammar to historical change, for instance the (near complete) unidirectionality of grammaticalisation (Roberts and Roussou, 2003; van Gelderen, 2004). In this talk, I will look at the architecture of three theoretical frameworks — Minimalism, Lexical-Functional Grammar and Construction Grammar — and assess how suited their design is to accounting for certain common properties of morpho-syntactic change. I will consider gradualness, persistence (in the sense of Hopper, 1991) and the connection between change to different aspects of an element. This will then lead to a discussion of whether there are aspects of change that a morpho-syntactic theory would not be expected to account for.


van Gelderen, Elly. 2004. Grammaticalization as economy. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Hopper, Paul. 1991. On some principles of grammaticalization. In Approaches to grammaticalization.Vol 2. Focus on types of grammatical markers, ed. Elizabeth Closs Traugott and Bernd Heine, 17—35. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Roberts, Ian G, and Anna Roussou. 2003. Syntactic change. A Minimalist approaches to grammaticalization. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.