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LINGUIST List 18.171

Wed Jan 17 2007

Books: Historical Ling/Syntax/Typology: Hewson, Bubenik

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        1.    Paul Peranteau, From Case to Adposition: Hewson, Bubenik

Message 1: From Case to Adposition: Hewson, Bubenik
Date: 12-Jan-2007
From: Paul Peranteau <paulbenjamins.com>
Subject: From Case to Adposition: Hewson, Bubenik

Title: From Case to Adposition
Subtitle: The development of configurational syntax in Indo-European languages
Series Title: Current Issues in Linguistic Theory 280
Published: 2006
Publisher: John Benjamins

Book URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=CILT%20280

Author: John Hewson
Author: Vit Bubenik
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027247957 Pages: 420 Price: Europe EURO 130.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027247957 Pages: 420 Price: U.S. $ 156.00

In the historical development of many languages of the IE phylum the loss
of inflectional morphology led to the development of a configurational
syntax, where syntactic position marked syntactic role. The first of these
configurations was the adposition (preposition or postposition), which
developed out of the uninflected particle/preverbs in the older forms of
IE, by forming fixed phrases with nominal elements, a pattern later
followed in the development of a configurational NP (article + nominal) and
VP (auxiliary + verbal).

The authors follow this evolution through almost four thousand years of
documentation in all twelve language families of the Indo-European phylum,
noting the resemblances between the structure of the original IE case
system and the systemic oppositions to be found in the sets of adpositions
that replaced it.

Quite apart from its theoretical analyses and proposals which in themselves
amount to a new look at many traditional problems, this study has a value
in the collected store of information on cases, and on adpositions and
their usage. There is also a considerable store of etymological information
that is relevant to the description of the systemic development.

Table of contents

Author's Preface
List of illustrations
Abbreviations of Languages and Dialects
Abbreviations of Primary Literature
Abbreviations of Grammatical Terms
Typological Evolution in IE 1-27
The Syntax of the Prepositional Phrase 28-53
Case and Prepositions in Ancient Greek 54-80
Cases and Postpositions in Hittite
Vit Bubenik 81-101
Cases and Postpositions in Indo-Aryan
Vit Bubenik 102-130
Cases and Prepositions in Iranian
Vit Bubenik 131-159
Vit Bubenik 160-177
From Old to Modern Slavic
Vit Bubenik 178-204
Baltic Languages
Vit Bubenik and John Hewson 205-225
From Ancient to Modern Celtic
John Hewson 228-246
From Latin to Modern Romance
John Hewson 247-273
From Ancient to Modern Germanic
John Hewson 274-303
Vit Bubenik 304-316
Vit Bubenik 317-333

"In a clear, succinct, and methodical way, but also with an amazing and
admirable command of data from all twelve IE language branches spanning
over 3000 years, Hewson and Bubenik offer us a wonderful book with answers
to many perplexing questions. This book will become the reference work on
the topic, but its worth for typological purposes will also become evident.
As in Tense and Aspect in Indo-European Languages (1997), the authors
demonstrate why history is important for any meaningful advancement of
knowledge. I read the current book with a lot of pleasure and interest, and
learned a lot." Georgios K. Giannakis, University of Ioannina

"It's not often that we witness a revolution in linguistics as we do in the
present volume. But the study itself demonstrates revolution in language
itself as we pass from Latin to French, from Brittanic to Welsh and so on.
In the general and massive shift from case to adposition, we have a quantum
leap. We have two different analyses of reality. Each is based on a
radically different method of systematisation. We become witnesses to a
major re-organisation of sentence structure throughout Indo-European, each
revealing a similar, yet independent, System of systems. Such a typological
shift, as a whole and in individual cases must also be a perceptual shift,
i.e. one that looks at things differently, where relationships are realised
from a different psycho-mechanical stance."
R.M. Jones, Prof. Emer., University of Wales

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Language Family(ies): Indo-European

Written In: English (eng )

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