This volume in honor of Jan Terje Faarlund covers the areas in which he has contributed to linguistic theorizing, ranging from in-depth studies of Norwegian and Scandinavian grammar both synchronically and diachronically, to work on the Indian language Chiapas Zoque. The book is organized thematically with two chapters on each topic: The grammar of the Scandinavian languages (Tor A. Afarli and Christer Platzack); language policies and sociolinguistics (Unn Royneland and Peter Trudgill); French (Hans Petter Helland and Christine Meklenborg Salvesen); language change (Werner Abraham and Elly van Gelderen); lesser-studied languages (Alice Harris and Jerry Sadock); language acquisition (David Lightfoot and Marit Westergaard); and language evolution (Erika Hagelberg and Salikoko Mufwene). This book will be of interest to a wide range of readers, from students to scholars working on any of the areas covered.
1. Introduction (by Lohndal, Terje); 2. Scandinavian; 3. On the syntax of the accusative/dative alternation in spatial PPs in Norwegian dative dialects (by Afarli, Tor A.); 4. Spurious topic drop in Swedish (by Platzack, Christer); 5. Germanic sociolinguistics; 6. "The voice from below": Norwegian language reforms in the 21st century (by Royneland, Unn); 7. Gender maintenance and loss in Totenmalet, English, and other major Germanic varieties (by Trudgill, Peter); 8. French; 9. Non-finite adjuncts in French (by Helland, Hans Petter); 10. Topics and the left periphery: A comparison of Old French and Modern Germanic (by Meklenborg Salvesen, Christine); 11. Language change; 12. The developmental logic of the analytic past in German and Polish: An issue of universalism or areal contact? (by Abraham, Werner); 13. The diachrony of pronouns and demonstratives (by Gelderen, Elly van); 14. Lesser-studied languages; 15. Origins of metathesis in Batsbi (by Harris, Alice C.); 16. Indefinitely definite expressions (by Sadock, Jerrold M.); 17. Language acquisition; 18. Doing diachrony (by Lightfoot, David); 19. The acquisition of linguistic variation: Parameters vs. micro-cues (by Westergaard, Marit); 20. Language evolution; 21. The evolution of language (by Hagelberg, Erika); 22. Language as technology: Some questions that evolutionary linguistics should address (by Mufwene, Salikoko S.); 23. Index