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LINGUIST List 18.594

Thu Feb 22 2007

Qs: Typology

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        1.    Victor Bayda, Constructions with Preposition 'after'

Message 1: Constructions with Preposition 'after'
Date: 21-Feb-2007
From: Victor Bayda <bajdabajdagmail.com>
Subject: Constructions with Preposition 'after'

Dear Colleagues,

I am presently working on so-called after-perfects in Celtic languages.
These are constructions which follow the pattern [‘be’ + Subject + ‘after’
+ Verbal Noun]. The passive variant has a possessive pronoun congruent with
the subject placed before the verbal noun. The verbal noun enjoys very high
status in Celtic languages in the absence of infinitives and participles in
most of them. The after-perfect construction has slightly differing
meanings in particular languages. In Welsh its meaning is more or less
compatible with that of the English perfect. On the other hand in Irish its
use is much more restricted, confined, at least in some dialects, to the
expression of recent past.

I have found a similar construction in Russian which is of extremely low
use and the nominalization used is of the oblique type as verbal nouns in
Russian are not functional as in Celtic.

I would like to find out whether similar constructions (perhaps not at all
grammaticalized or even of extremely low use as the one found in Russian)
exist in any other languages outside the Celtic group. I would greatly
appreciate any information concerning this type of constructions.

My e-mail is: bajdabajdagmail.com

Many thanks is advance.

With best regards,

Victor Bayda
Moscow State University

Linguistic Field(s): Typology

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