This book traces the changes in argument alignment that have taken place in Aramaic during its 3000-year documented history, and proposes a new explanation for them. It draws important theoretical conclusions on the development of tense-conditioned alignment change cross-linguistically, and provides a valuable basis for further research.
This book examines historical changes in the grammar of the Indo-Aryan languages from the period of their earliest attestations in Vedic Sanskrit (around 1000 BC) to contemporary Hindi, with specific focus on the rise of configurational structure as a by-product of the grammaticalization of postpositions.
This volume brings together the latest research on the semantics of nouns in a variety of familiar and less well-documented languages. It offers detailed analyses of individual nouns across a range of conceptual domains, including 'people', 'places', and 'living things', with each analysis fully grounded in a unified methodological framework.