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Thu Dec 02 2004

Books: Typology/Syntax/Semantics: Malchukov

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        1.    Ulrich Lueders, Dependency Reversal in Noun-Attributive Constructions: Malchukov



Message 1: Dependency Reversal in Noun-Attributive Constructions: Malchukov

Date: 28-Nov-2004
From: Ulrich Lueders <lincom.europat-online.de>
Subject: Dependency Reversal in Noun-Attributive Constructions: Malchukov


Title: Dependency reversal in noun-attributive constructions 
 Subtitle: towards a typology 
 Series Title: LINCOM Studies in Language Typology 03  
 
 Publication Year: 2004 
 Publisher: Lincom GmbH
     http://www.lincom-europa.com
 
 Author: Andrej L. Malchukov, Russian Academy of Sciences
 
 Paperback: ISBN: 3895866830 Pages: 54 Price: Europe EURO 32
 
 
 Abstract:
 
 This study is conceived as a contribution to a tyoplogy of attributive
 contructions, focussing on constructions exhibiting splits of head
 proporties. The term "dependency reversal in noun-attributive
 constructions" (DNRA) is used to refer to possessive-like attributive
 constructions (of the type (that) idiot of a doctor), with the attribute
 surfacing as the formal head and the semantic head surfacing as the formal
 possessor. The body of the study presents a discussion of DNRA contructions
 as attested in six individual languages: Even (resp. other Tungusic
 languages), Aleut, Hausa, Gude, Chinook and Latin. The variation of the
 DNRA patterns, in particular along the parameter of the attribute's
 upgrading/recategorization, is further considered. 
 
 Following the lines of structure-based typologies, an upward taxonomy of
 DNRA structures is presented to include other cases of constructions
 involving the attribute's upgrading and the head (-to-possessor) demotion.
 In search of DNRA related patterns the discussion is extended to internal
 relative clauses and constructions with "dominant attributes." Finally
 factors favouring the rise of DNRA structures are tentatively considered:
 apart from diachronic factors, underdifferentiation of lexical categories
 as well as pragmatic salience of the attribute are shown to contribute to
 DNRA processes.
 
 2nd printing. 
 
 
 
 Linguistic Field(s): Semantics
                      Syntax
                      Typology
 
 Subject Language(s): Aleut (Language Code: ALW)
                      Chinook (Language Code: CHH)
                      Even (Language Code: EVE)
                      Gude (Language Code: GDE)
                      Hausa (Language Code: HUA)
                      Latin (Language Code: LTN)
 
 
 Written In: English  (Language Code: ENG)
 
 See this book announcement on our website: 
 http://linguistlist.org/get-book.html?BookID=12414

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