Reflexes of grammar in patterns of language change

  title={Reflexes of grammar in patterns of language change},
  author={Anthony S. Kroch},
  journal={Language Variation and Change},
  pages={199 - 244}
  • A. Kroch
  • Published 1 October 1989
  • Linguistics
  • Language Variation and Change
ABSTRACT When one form replaces another over time in a changing language, the new form does not occur equally often in all linguistic contexts. Linguists have generally assumed that those contexts in which the new form is more common are those in which the form first appears and in which it advances most rapidly. However, evidence from several linguistic changes (most importantly the rise of the periphrastic auxiliary do in late Middle English) shows that the general assumption is false… 
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