LINGUIST List 9.1343

Mon Sep 28 1998

Books: Romance Ling

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  1. Christoph Eyrich, Grammaticalization/Romance Ling

Message 1: Grammaticalization/Romance Ling

Date: Mon, 28 Sep 1998 19:47:31 +0200 (MEST)
From: Christoph Eyrich <>
Subject: Grammaticalization/Romance Ling

			 Mario Squartini

		 Verbal Periphrases in Romance
	 Aspect, Actionality, and Grammaticalization

 1998. 23 x 15,5 cm. XI, 372 pages
	 Cloth DM 218,-/approx. US$ 136.00
			 ISBN 3-11-016160-5
	 Empirical Approaches to Language Typology 21
 Mouton de Gruyter * Berlin * New York

Focusing on the interplay of aspect and actionality (Aktionsart) in
the grammaticalization process, this monographs presents a detailed
synchronic and diachronic examination of the semantics of various
Romance verbal periphrases.

It is shown that as a verbal periphrasis is being grammaticalized,
actional restrictions are gradually loosened, and the semantics shifts
from the domain of actionality to that of aspect. These processes are
important both for an understanding of the Romance data and, more
importantly, for a general understanding of the historical development
of aspect. Given the usually one-way nature of grammaticalization
processes, this volume provides a more powerful tool for plotting
directions of change where direct historical evidence is lacking.

Based on extensive corpora, the work covers a wide range of Romance
`aspectual' periphrases, thus also providing an important database for
several Romance languages, including dialects and regional varieties,
and periods. Introductory descriptions of the relevant periphrases and
complete English translations of all examples are provided, thus
making the book equally accessible to Romance specialists and to
general linguists. 

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