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LINGUIST List 23.3264

Wed Aug 01 2012

Books: The Grammaticalization of Give + Infinitive: Waldenfels

Editor for this issue: Danniella Hornby <daniellalinguistlist.org>

Date: 01-Aug-2012
From: Julia Ulrich <julia.ulrichdegruyter.com>
Subject: The Grammaticalization of Give + Infinitive: Waldenfels
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Title: The Grammaticalization of Give + Infinitive
Subtitle: A Comparative Study of Russian, Polish, and Czech
Series Title: Trends in Linguistics. Studies and Monographs [TiLSM] 256
Published: 2012
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
                http://www.degruyter.com/mouton

Book URL: http://www.degruyter.com/view/product/184803?format=G&rskey=ZacfNp

Author: Ruprecht Waldenfels
Electronic: ISBN: 9783110293777 Pages: 334 Price: Europe EURO 99.95
Hardback: ISBN: 9783110293692 Pages: 334 Price: Europe EURO 99.95
Abstract:

Verbs denoting 'to give' have developed grammatical meanings in many languages of the world. The present study analyses the grammaticalization of give in causative and modal constructions in the closely related Slavic languages Russian, Polish and Czech.
Adopting a corpus driven approach, it takes departure from a detailed analysis of the use of these constructions in large reference corpora. This synchronic approach is supplemented by an analysis of the use of these constructions in Old Church Slavonic and by diachronic corpus-based accounts of the developments in Czech and Polish.

The study provides thorough descriptions of the syntax and semantics of causative constructions, ranging from permissive (letting someone do something) and reflexive permissive (letting something be done to oneself) to factitive causative (having something done by someone). It traces the development and synchronic status of modals that have developed out of reflexive permissives in Polish and Czech.

General issues discussed in the study include polarity sensitivity in causatives, types of causee coding, the emergence of non-agreeing diathesis structures in Polish and the role of language contact with German.

Linguistic Field(s): Grammaticalization
                            Historical Linguistics
                            Semantics
                            Syntax
                            Text/Corpus Linguistics

Subject Language(s): Czech (ces)
                            Polish (pol)
                            Russian (rus)

Written In: English (eng)

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