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LINGUIST List 21.694

Tue Feb 09 2010

Books: Morphology/Syntax/Typology: Hagege

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        1.    Elyse Turr, Adpositions: Hagege

Message 1: Adpositions: Hagege
Date: 22-Dec-2009
From: Elyse Turr <elyse.turroup.com>
Subject: Adpositions: Hagege
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Title: Adpositions
Series Title: Oxford Studies in Typology and Linguistic Theory
Published: 2009
Publisher: Oxford University Press

Author: Claude Hagege
Hardback: ISBN: 0199575002 9780199575008 Pages: 352 Price: U.S. $ 130.00

This pioneering study is based on an analysis of over 200 languages,
including African, Amerindian, Australian, Austronesian, Indo-European, and
Eurasian (Altaic, Caucasian, Chukotko-Kamchatkan, Dravidian, Uralic),
Papuan, and Sino-Tibetan. Adpositions are an almost universal part of
speech. English has prepositions; some languages, such as Japanese, have
postpositions; others have both; and yet other kinds that are not quite
either. As grammatical tools they mark the relationship between two parts
of a sentence: characteristically one element governs a noun or noun-like
word or phrase while the other functions as a predicate. From the syntactic
point of view, the complement of an adposition depends on a marker of this
dependency. Adpositions lie at the core of the grammar of most languages,
their usefulness making them semantic and cognitive properties. He does so
for the subsets both of adpositions that express the relations of agent,
patient, and beneficiary, and those which mark space, time, accompaniment,
or instrument. Adpositions often govern case and are sometimes gradually
grammaticalized into case. The author considers the whole set of function
markers, including case, that appear as adpositions and, in doing so,
throws light on processes of morphological and syntactic change in
different languages and language families. His book will be welcomed by
typologists and by syntactians and morphologists of all theoretical stripes.

Linguistic Field(s): Morphology

Written In: English (eng )

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