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LINGUIST List 20.1708

Sun May 03 2009

Books: Historical Ling/Morphology/Syntax: Joseph

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        1.    Daniel Davies, The Synchrony and Diachrony of the Balkan Infinitive: Joseph

Message 1: The Synchrony and Diachrony of the Balkan Infinitive: Joseph
Date: 03-May-2009
From: Daniel Davies <ddaviescambridge.org>
Subject: The Synchrony and Diachrony of the Balkan Infinitive: Joseph
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Title: The Synchrony and Diachrony of the Balkan Infinitive
Subtitle: A Study in Areal, General and Historical Linguistics
Published: 2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
                http://us.cambridge.org

Author: Brian D. Joseph
Paperback: ISBN: 9780521105330 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 23.99
Paperback: ISBN: 9780521105330 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 45.00
Abstract:

This study offers a comprehensive and illuminating account of one of the
characteristics shared to some degree by the languages of the Balkan
peninsula - Greek, Albanian, Macedonian, Bulgarian, Serbo-Croatian and
Romanian - namely the loss of the infinitive and its replacement by finite
verb forms. Dr. Joseph meticulously examines the documentary evidence for
this loss and, in the light of his findings, many of the
oversimplifications, misinterpretations and omissions in earlier accounts
are rectified. Many of the issues raised in his discussion, for example how
'infinitive' or 'finiteness' should be defined, have important implications
for synchronic syntactic theory and description. In addition, the study is
of significance for diachronic linguistics, for it makes a valuable
contribution to the debate on constraining possible syntactic changes and
syntactic borrowing. This study will also offer insights to linguistics
interested in areal typology, since it is one of the fullest accounts
available.

1. Introductory remarks;
2. Towards a definition of finiteness and infinitives;
3. The history of the infinitive in Greek;
4. Albanian;
5. South Slavic;
6. Romanian;
7. On the causes of the Balkan infinitive-loss;
9. Conclusions;
Notes;
References;
Index.


Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
                            Morphology
                            Syntax

Subject Language(s): Bulgarian (bul)
                            Greek (ell)
                            Macedonian (mkd)
                            Romanian (ron)

Written In: English (eng )

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