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A diachronic approach to variation and change in the typology of motion event expression.: A case study: From Latin to Romance.

Abstract : Most studies dealing with variation and change between Verb-Framed and Satellite-Framed strategies adopt a synchronic approach. In this paper, adopting a diachronic approach, we will see whether it is possible to account for changes driving languages from one prevalent strategy to the other. We will begin with an overview of the main proposals about the typology of motion event encoding from a variationist perspective, the theoretical premises of our approach to the analysis of (diachronic) change, and their relevance for a 'Working Typology', arguing in favour of applying typological classifications to the matching between individual event types and linguistic patterns rather than to languages as a whole. In the second part of this paper, taking Romance languages as a case study of typological change, we argue that "macroscopic" typological shifts may result from "microscopic" changes and that these phenomena cannot be adequately explained within the framework of a holistic typology: the dynamics of change can be understood only through a careful investigation of the different strategies adopted for the encoding of motion and their relationships with different kinds of events. Changes affecting motion event expression may also be the effect of phenomena which are independent from motion encoding. The final part of the paper lists a series of phenomena related to the encoding of path in Romance languages which rather than exceptions to the VF type may be considered more or less significant indicators of the emergence of SF patterns, hence to be interpreted from a methodological point of view as possible relevant signals of ongoing typological change in the preferred way of expressing motion.
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Claudio Iacobini, Benjamin Fagard. A diachronic approach to variation and change in the typology of motion event expression.: A case study: From Latin to Romance.. Cahiers de Faits de langue, 2011, 3, pp.151-172. ⟨halshs-00665331⟩

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