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Books: Typology and Historical Syntax

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  1. Gillian Caglayan, Typology/Historical Syntax: Archaic Syntax in Indo-European, B. Bauer

Message 1: Typology/Historical Syntax: Archaic Syntax in Indo-European, B. Bauer

Date: Tue, 25 Jul 2000 17:13:17 +0200
From: Gillian Caglayan <>
Subject: Typology/Historical Syntax: Archaic Syntax in Indo-European, B. Bauer

New Publication from Mouton de Gruyter!!!!

>From the series
Trends in Linguistics. Studies and Monographs
Series Editor: Werner Winter

Brigitte Bauer

Archaic Syntax in Indo-European
The Spread of Transitivity in Latin and French

2000. 23 x 15,5 cm. XVIII, 394 pages.
Cloth. DM 218,- /EUR 111,46 /�S 1591,- /sFr 194,- /approx. US$ 109.00
ISBN 3-11-016723-9
(Trends in Linguistics. Studies and Monographs 125)

This book analyzes structures in (early) Indo-European languages that
traditionally have been difficult to account for: impersonal verbs, mihi
est constructions in combination with a nominal form of the verb, and
absolute constructions. It is argued that they are inherited from
Proto-Indo-European and that they are residues of a stage at which the
proto-language was non-nominative.
Their gradual replacement with modern transitive structures, as
demonstrated in detail in the development of Latin and French, shows the
increasing importance of transitivity in the development of

Contents (extract):

Language typology: Arbitrariness and system
Indo-European linguistics and content-related typology
Language types
Proto-Indo-European and active typology
The aim of this study

The ergative and active hypotheses for Proto-Indo-European:
Preliminary discussion: Uhlenbeck and Sapir
General characteristics of ergativity
Proto-Indo-European and the ergative hypothesis
Non-Transitive languages
Conclusion: The non-nominative stage of Proto-Indo-European

Impersonal verbs:
The impersonal verb in Indo-European: General considerations
Impersonal verbs referring to weather conditions
Impersonal verbs in Latin not referring to weather conditions
The development of impersonal verbs in the shift from Latin to Romance
Impersonal verbs in non-European languages

Possessive mihi est constructions:
Types of possession
Possession in Indo-European languages
The mihi est construction in Latin
Dative vs. genitive in possessive constructions

Nominal structures: Verbal mihi est constructions:
Verbal mihi est constructions in the early daughter languages
Verbal mihi est constructions in Latin
Verbal mihi est constructions: Conclusion

Nominal structures: Absolute constructions:
Absolute constructions in the early daughter languages
Absolute constructions: an inherited characteristic?
Absolute constructions in Latin
The development of absolute constructions in Latin
Absolutes in Old and Middle French

Proto-Indo-European grammar
Syntactic residues in Proto-Indo-European
Grammatical characteristics and the development of syntactic residues
Parallels with other structures

Brigitte Bauer is Assistant Professor of French Linguistics at the
University of Texas, Austin.

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