The difficulty of permanence and alter of word-order styles has lengthy been debated in either ancient linguistics and structural theories. The curiosity during this subject matter has been remodeled through modern examine in typology with its emphasis on correlation or ‘harmonies’ of constructions of word-order as explicative ideas of either synchronic and diachronic procedures. the purpose of this booklet is to stimulate a severe reconsideration of views and techniques within the learn of continuities and discontinuities of word-order styles. Bringing jointly contributions through experts of varied theoretical backgrounds and with services in several language households or teams (Caucasian, Hamito-Semitic, and ― between Indo-European ― Hittite, Greek, Celtic, Germanic, Slavonic, Romance), the ebook addresses matters just like the notions of balance, version and alter of word-order and their interrelations, the interaction of syntactic and pragmatic components, and the position of inner and exterior components in synchronic and diachronic dynamics of word-order. The booklet includes a choice of papers awarded at a workshop held on the XIII foreign convention on old Linguistics (Düsseldorf, August 1997) and additonal invited contributions.

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