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LINGUIST List 23.5076

Tue Dec 04 2012

Books: Morphosyntactic Change: Los, Blom, Booij, Elenbaas, van Kemenad

Editor for this issue: Rebekah McClure <rebekahlinguistlist.org>

Date: 30-Nov-2012
From: Joyce Reid <jreidcambridge.org>
Subject: Morphosyntactic Change: Los, Blom, Booij, Elenbaas, van Kemenade
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Title: Morphosyntactic Change
Series Title: A Comparative Study of Particles and Prefixes

Publication Year: 2012
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Book URL: http://www.cambridge.org/us/knowledge/isbn/item6679008/Morphosyntactic%20Change/?site_locale=en_US

Author: Bettelou Los
Author: Corrien Blom
Author: Geert Booij
Author: Marion Elenbaas
Author: Ans van Kemenade

Hardback: ISBN: 9781107012639 Pages: 266 Price: U.S. $ 105.00


Particle verbs (combinations of two words but lexical units) are a notorious
problem in linguistics. Is a particle verb like look up one word or two? It
has its own entry in dictionaries, as if it is one word, but look and up can
be split up in a sentence: we can say He looked the information up and He
looked up the information. But why can't we say He looked up it? In English
look and up can only be separated by a direct object, but in Dutch the two
parts can be separated over a much longer distance. How did such hybrid verbs
arise and how do they function? How can we make sense of them in modern
theories of language structure? This book sets out to answer these and other
questions, explaining how these verbs fit into the grammatical systems of
English and Dutch.

Table of Contents

1. Separable complex verbs
2. The paradox of particle verbs
3. The synchronic analysis of Dutch SCVs
4. The diachronic analysis of Dutch SCVs
5. The lexical decomposition of present-day English verb-particle combinations
6. The diachrony of the English verb-particle combination
7. The diachrony of prefixes in West Germanic
8. Conclusions

Linguistic Field(s): Morphology

Written In: English (eng)

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