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LINGUIST List 19.480

Mon Feb 11 2008

Books: Syntax, Semantics: Romeo

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        1.    Paul Peranteau, Aspect in Burmese: Romeo

Message 1: Aspect in Burmese: Romeo
Date: 11-Feb-2008
From: Paul Peranteau <paulbenjamins.com>
Subject: Aspect in Burmese: Romeo
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Title: Aspect in Burmese
Subtitle: Meaning and Function
Series Title: Studies in Language Companion Series 96
Published: 2008
Publisher: John Benjamins

Book URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=SLCS%2096

Author: Nicoletta Romeo
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027231079 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 110.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027231079 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 149.00

The book presents an overview of the aspectual system of Burmese, and it
focuses on the analysis and description of the meaning and function of some
aspectual markers which are among the most commonly used in the language.
The analysis highlights a few important facts. Firstly, these markers,
which typically follow the main verb within the verbal complex, derive from
lexical verbs which are still in use in Burmese. This is an important
descriptive factor, since the function of these markers can only be fully
understood by looking at the interplay between the semantics of their
lexical sources and the semantics of the verbs they modify. Secondly, it is
the semantics of the aspectual markers that determines both their order
vis-a-vis the main verb and their order vis-a-vis the other markers within
the verbal complex. The interplay between the semantics and the syntax of
these markers is analyzed by adopting Role and Reference Grammar.

Linguistic Field(s): Semantics

Subject Language(s): Burmese (mya)

Written In: English (eng )

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