Feature economy in the Linguistic Cycle

Elly Van Gelderen

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This chapter provides well-known examples of linguistic cycles involve negation, agreement, complementizers, aspect, and articles. An element with full semantic features is reanalysed as a functional element, i.e. as having interpretable and later uninterpretable features. This cycle can be seen in structural terms through the Late Merge and the Head Preference Principles, or in terms of a reanalysis of features.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHistorical Syntax and Linguistic Theory
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191721267
ISBN (Print)9780199560547
StatePublished - May 1 2009


  • Economy
  • Features
  • Grammaticalization
  • Linguistic cycle

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities


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