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Historical Syntax
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It is essential to distinguish between the mechanisms of historical syntax and its motivations, as scholars working on historical syntax try to find answers to the following four questions: (i) What are the main mechanisms leading to grammatical change? (ii) What motivates it? (iii) What are its probable paths of progression through time? (iv) What are its end results? (Hopper and Traugott [1993] 2003:32). 

1. Mechanisms of Grammatical Change

The model for histor…

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Alain PEYRAUBE, “Historical Syntax”, in: Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics, General Editor Rint Sybesma. Consulted online on 24 May 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2210-7363_ecll_COM_00000315>
First published online: 2015

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