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Title: The Chain of <i>Being</i> and <i>Having</i> in Slavic
Written By: Steven J. Clancy
Series Title: Studies in Language Companion Series 122

The complex diachronic and synchronic status of the concepts be and
have can be understood only with consideration of their full range
of constructions and functions. Data from modern Slavic languages (Russian,
Czech, Polish, Bulgarian) provides a window into zero copulas, non-verbal
have expressions, and verbal constructions. From the perspective of
cognitive linguistics, be and have are analyzed in terms of a
blended prototype model, wherein existence/copula for be and
possession/relationship for have are inseparably combined. These
concepts are related to each other in their functions and meanings and
serve as organizing principles in a conceptual network of semantic
neighbors, including give, take, get, become, make, and verbs of
position and motion. Renewal and replacement of be and have
occur through processes of polysemization and suppletization involving
lexical items in this network.

Topics include polysemy, suppletion, tense/mood auxiliaries, modality,
causatives, evidentiality, function words, contact phenomena, syntactic
calques, and idiomatic constructions.

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Morphology
Cognitive Science
Language Family(ies): Slavic Subgroup
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Format: Electronic
ISBN-13: 9789027287427
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Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9789027205896
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