New PDF release: Adpositions

By Claude Hagége

ISBN-10: 0199575002

ISBN-13: 9780199575008

This pioneering learn relies on an research of over 2 hundred languages, together with African, Amerindian, Australian, Austronesian, Indo-European and Eurasian (Altaic, Caucasian, Chukotko-Kamchatkan, Dravidian, Uralic), Papuan, and Sino-Tibetan. Adpositions are a virtually common a part of speech. English has prepositions; a few languages, equivalent to eastern, have postpositions; others have either; and but others types that aren't particularly both. As grammatical instruments they mark the connection among elements of a sentence: traditionally one point governs a noun or noun-like note or word whereas the opposite features as a predicate. From the syntactic perspective, the supplement of an adposition is dependent upon a head: during this final sentence, for instance, a head is the supplement of on whereas on a head is determined by relies and on is the marker of this dependency. Adpositions lie on the middle of the grammar of so much languages, their usefulness making them recurrent in daily speech and writing. Claude Hagege examines their morphological gains, syntactic capabilities, and semantic and cognitive homes. He does so for the subsets either one of adpositions that specific the kinfolk of agent, sufferer, and beneficiary, and of these which mark area, time, accompaniment, or software. Adpositions usually govern case and are often progressively grammaticalized into case. the writer considers the entire set of functionality markers, together with case, that seem as adpositions and, in doing so, throws gentle on strategies of morphological and syntactic switch in numerous languages and language households. His e-book should be welcomed via typologists and via syntacticians and morphologists of all theoretical stripes.

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4) when the meaning expressed by the adverbial complement is considered as clear by the speakers, either because it is suggested by the very meaning of the predicate, or because it refers to a customary or predictable situation. Secondly, Adps do not exhibit the same behaviour as case affixes with respect to what Haiman (1980: 516) calls "iconicity of motivation". Consider (43a-b): (43) a. 3SG Alfred king small-INSTR force-INSTR geweorc defence, work OLD ENGLISH b. CONTEMPORARY ENGLISH king Alfred built a defence work with a small force.

Isolate, Bolivia) (Key 1967: 51) daft place place' (Wororan, Australian, Australia) (Rumsey 1982: 58) dambun budaga-ra camp their-INESS 'at their camp' UNGARINJIN 20 Adpositions b. KUNUZ NUBIAN (Nubian, Eastern Sudanic, Nilo-Saharan, Egypt) (Abdel-Hafiz 1988: 283) esey kursel-lo uski-takki-s-i village old-INESS born-PASS-PST-iSG 'I was born in an old village' Other examples of postpositional clitics are found in Italic languages, among others those that mark the comitative and that are not clitics when used as Pr.

Many languages have both Adps and case affixes. The various phonological, morphological, word order, syntactic, semantico-pragmatic, and historical differences we have studied above are in agreement with the fact that these languages will, quite logically, give the two strategies a good deal of differentiation from each other. This dovetails with the difference between the ways the two strategies are used: in most cases (although there are some exceptions, 38 Adpositions as will appear later), languages with both case affixes and Adps use the former to express more abstract relations, and the latter to express more concrete ones.

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