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LINGUIST List 20.2402

Sun Jul 05 2009

Books: Typology/Syntax/Morphology: Stassen

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        1.    Jennifer Clark, Predicative Possession: Stassen

Message 1: Predicative Possession: Stassen
Date: 05-Jul-2009
From: Jennifer Clark <jennifer.clarkoup.com>
Subject: Predicative Possession: Stassen
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Title: Predicative Possession
Published: 2009
Publisher: Oxford University Press
                http://www.oup.com/us

Book URL: http://www.oup.com/uk/catalogue/?ci=9780199211654

Author: Leon Stassen
Hardback: ISBN: 9780199211654 Pages: 832 Price: U.K. £ 80.00
Abstract:

This is the first comprehensive treatment of the strategies employed in the
world's languages to express predicative possession, as in "the boy has a
bat". It presents the results of the author's fifteen-year research project
on the subject. Predicative possession is the source of many
grammaticalization paths - as in the English perfect tense formed from to
have - and its typology is an important key to understanding the structural
variety of the world's languages and how they change. Drawing on data from
some 400 languages representing all the world's language families, most of
which lack a close equivalent to the verb to have, Professor Stassen aims
(a) to establish a typology of four basic types of predicative possession,
(b) to discover and describe the processes by which standard constructions
can be modified, and (c) to explore links between the typology of
predicative possession and other typologies in order to reveal patterns of
interdependence. He shows, for example, that the parameter of simultaneous
sequencing - the way a language formally encodes a sequence like "John sang
and Mary danced" - correlates with the way it encodes predicative
possession. By means of this and other links the author sets up a single
universal model in order to account for all morphosyntactic variation in
predicative possession found in the languages of the world, including
patterns of variation over time.

Predicative Possession will interest scholars and advanced students of
language typology, diachronic linguistics, morphology and syntax.

Linguistic Field(s): Morphology
                            Syntax
                            Typology

Written In: English (eng )

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