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It's Been Said Before

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How do you pronounce biopic, synod, and Breughel? - and why? Do our cake and archaic sound the same? Where does the stress go in stalagmite? What's odd about the word epergne? As a finale, the author writes a letter to his 16-year-old self.

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Title: Morphosyntactic Change
Written By: Bettelou Los
Corrien Blom
Geert Booij
Marion Elenbaas
Ans van Kemenade
Series Title: A Comparative Study of Particles and Prefixes

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

Publication Year: 2012
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Morphology
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Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9781107012639
Pages: 266
Prices: U.S. $ 105.00