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Wed Dec 10 2003

Books: Historical Linguistics: Luraghi

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  1. paul, On the Meaning of Prepositions and Cases: Luraghi

Message 1: On the Meaning of Prepositions and Cases: Luraghi

Date: Mon, 8 Dec 2003 13:43:48 -0500 (EST)
From: paul <>
Subject: On the Meaning of Prepositions and Cases: Luraghi

Title: On the Meaning of Prepositions and Cases
Subtitle: The expression of semantic roles in Ancient Greek
Series Title: Studies in Language Companion Series 67

Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: John Benjamins,

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Author: Silvia Luraghi, University of Pavia 
Hardback: ISBN: 1588114333, Pages: xii, 366 pp., Price: USD 115.00
Comment: Hardback: ISBN: 9027230773, Pages: xii, 366 pp., Price: EUR 115.00


Prepositions and cases constitute a fruitful field of research for
semantics. The historical development of their meaning can shed light
on the relati ons among the semantic roles of participants and on the
organization of con ceptual space. Ancient Greek allows an in-depth
study of such development. The book, based on a wide, diachronically
ordered corpus, aims at providing a usage-based analysis of possible
patterns of semantic extension, includi ng the mapping of abstract
domains onto the concrete domain of space. An an alysis of the Greek
data further highlights the interplay between specific spatial
relations and the internal structure of the entities involved, and
shows how case semantics may account for differences on the
referential lev el, rather than merely express clause internal
relations. The first chapter contains a typologically based discussion
of semantic roles, which sets th e language-specific analysis in a
wider framework, showing its general rele vance and applicability.

Table of contents

Preface ix 
List of abbreviations xi 
Theoretical foundations 
The semantics of Greek cases 
Greek prepositions: Patterns of polysemy and meaning extension 
Name index 
Subject index 

		Historical Linguistics 
Subject Language(s):
		Greek, Ancient (Language code: GKA)

Written In: English (Language Code: ENG)

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