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LINGUIST List 22.2267

Sun May 29 2011

Books: Historical Linguistics/Syntax/Russian: Jung

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        1.     Paul Peranteau , The Syntax of the Be-Possessive: Jung

Message 1: The Syntax of the Be-Possessive: Jung
Date: 29-May-2011
From: Paul Peranteau <paulbenjamins.com>
Subject: The Syntax of the Be-Possessive: Jung
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Title: The Syntax of the Be-Possessive
Subtitle: Parametric variation and surface diversities
Series Title: Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today 172
Published: 2011
Publisher: John Benjamins
                http://www.benjamins.com/

Book URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=LA%20172

Author: Hakyung Jung
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027290649 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 149.00
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027290649 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 99.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027255556 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 99.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027255556 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 104.94
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027255556 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 149.00
Abstract:

This book is the first attempt to provide a unified account of the
be-possessive syntax and its extension to the modal and the
perfect constructions in Russian/North Russian within a generative
framework. Apparently diverse constructions are construed as
deriving from the have/be parameter, which depends on the
utilization of the prepositional complementizer with a Case feature.
The be-perfect structure provides an adequate environment
where ergativity is encoded via verbal nominalization. The relevance
of the be-perfect structure for a split ergative pattern shows
that the ergative system is a syntactically conditioned phenomenon
rather than a purely morphological diversity. This volume also offers
the diachronic study of the be-syntax, investigating the
evolution of the be-perfect and be-modal
constructions, which has rarely been explored within a formal
framework. Concrete scenarios are proposed for the developmental
paths of the be-perfect and the be-modal
constructions, based on textual evidence in old North Russian.

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
                            Syntax

Subject Language(s): Russian (rus)
                            Old Russian (orv)

Written In: English (eng )

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