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By Julia Schlüter

This groundbreaking publication highlights a phonological choice, the primary of Rhythmic Alternation, as an element in grammatical edition and alter in English from the early sleek interval to the current. although often ignored in prior learn, the phonetically encouraged avoidance of adjoining stresses is proven to exert a power on a wide selection of phenomena in morphology and syntax. in accordance with in-depth analyses of in depth digital databases, the booklet provides 20 exemplary reviews from assorted structural different types. between them are much-debated in addition to novel concerns, together with the double comparative worser, 'predicative in basic terms' a- adjectives, version prior participles, the situation of the measure modifier fairly, the order of conjuncts in binomials, the negation of attributive adjectives and sentence adverbs, variable adverbial marking, the use or omission of the infinitive marker, and the a- prefix sooner than - ing kinds. The experiences supply qualitative and quantitative facts of the significance of rhythmic alternation in synchronic version in addition to diachronic switch, with out neglecting interactions with a suite of competing sensible developments. hence, the publication contributes crucial points to the outline and clarification of the phenomena thought of, calling for a basic revision of present wondering the interface among phonology and morphosyntax. moreover, the empirical findings are dropped at endure on theoretical discussions of extra normal curiosity, yielding a serious overview of the advantages and barriers of 2 nonmodular linguistic theories: Optimality concept and spreading activation types. The latter kind is constructed right into a entire perception integrating practical components reminiscent of the primary of Rhythmic Alternation in an overarching framework for language version and alter. the big variety of topic components lined makes the amount crucial interpreting and a resource of concept for linguists with pursuits as varied because the phonology-morphosyntax interface, English grammar, the heritage of English, useful linguistics, Optimality concept, in addition to neuro- and psycholinguistics.

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