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Title: The Synchrony and Diachrony of the Balkan Infinitive
Subtitle: A Study in Areal, General and Historical Linguistics
Written By: Brian D Joseph
Description:

This study offers a comprehensive and illuminating account of one of the
characteristics shared to some degree by the languages of the Balkan
peninsula - Greek, Albanian, Macedonian, Bulgarian, Serbo-Croatian and
Romanian - namely the loss of the infinitive and its replacement by finite
verb forms. Dr. Joseph meticulously examines the documentary evidence for
this loss and, in the light of his findings, many of the
oversimplifications, misinterpretations and omissions in earlier accounts
are rectified. Many of the issues raised in his discussion, for example how
‘infinitive’ or ‘finiteness’ should be defined, have important implications
for synchronic syntactic theory and description. In addition, the study is
of significance for diachronic linguistics, for it makes a valuable
contribution to the debate on constraining possible syntactic changes and
syntactic borrowing. This study will also offer insights to linguistics
interested in areal typology, since it is one of the fullest accounts
available.

Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Morphology
Syntax
Subject Language(s): Bulgarian
Greek, Modern
Macedonian
Romanian
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780521105330
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