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LINGUIST List 23.4984

Thu Nov 29 2012

Books: Periphrasis: Chumakina, Corbett (Eds)

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

Date: 29-Nov-2012
From: Zach Borenstein <zach.borensteinoup.com>
Subject: Periphrasis: Chumakina, Corbett (Eds)
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Title: Periphrasis
Subtitle: The Role of Syntax and Morphology in Paradigms
Publication Year: 2012
Publisher: Oxford University Press

Book URL: http://www.oup.com/us/catalog/general/subject/Linguistics/SyntaxMorphology/?view=usa&ci=9780197265253

Editor: Marina Chumakina
Editor: Greville G. Corbett

Hardback: ISBN: 9780197265253 Pages: 200 Price: U.S. $ 75


Periphrasis straddles the border between two major linguistic components,
morphology and syntax. It describes a situation where a grammatical meaning,
such as a tense, which could be expected to be expressed morphologically
within a word, is instead expressed by a syntactic phrase. Inclusion of
syntactic phrases in morphological paradigms creates analytical and
theoretical problems that have yet to be resolved by linguists, who have been
hampered by the rather narrow range of data available for consideration and by
a lack of adequate theoretical devices. This book addresses the challenge by
broadening the range of phenomena under discussion and presenting new
theoretical approaches to the problem of periphrasis.

Part I takes four key languages from diverse families - Nakh-Daghestanian,
Gunwinyguan (Australian), Uralic and Indo-European - as examples of languages
in which periphrasis poses particular problems for current linguistic
theories. Part II views periphrasis in different contexts, determining its
place within the morphological and syntactic systems of the languages it is
found in, its relations to other linguistic phenomena, and the typological
variation represented by periphrastic constructions. Treating periphrasis as a
morphological and syntactic phenomenon at the same time and applying the
criteria worked out within the Canonical Typology approach allows linguists to
view periphrasis as a family of phenomena within a typological space of
syntactic constructions used to fulfill grammatical functions.

Linguistic Field(s): Morphology

Written In: English (eng)

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