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Sat Oct 22 2011

Books: Cog Sci/Semantics/Syntax: Eckhoff

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        1.     Julia Ulrich , Old Russian Possessive Constructions: Eckhoff

Message 1: Old Russian Possessive Constructions: Eckhoff
Date: 20-Oct-2011
From: Julia Ulrich <>
Subject: Old Russian Possessive Constructions: Eckhoff
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Title: Old Russian Possessive Constructions Subtitle: A Construction Grammar Approach Series Title: Trends in Linguistics. Studies and Monographs [TiLSM] 237 Published: 2011 Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton

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Author: Hanne Martine Eckhoff Electronic: ISBN: 9783110255041 Pages: 215 Price: Europe EURO 99.95
Hardback: ISBN: 9783110255034 Pages: 215 Price: Europe EURO 99.95

This book is a detailed study of the possessive semantic space within theframework of construction grammar. Using corpus data from Old ChurchSlavonic and Old Russian, the book uses semantic maps to document therelationship between form and meaning in a set of semantically closelyrelated syntactic constructions that can all express adnominal possessionand all partially overlap. The book also traces the development of theseconstructions from the earliest Slavic attestations towards Modern Russian,thus also using the semantic maps as a diachronic tool.

This approach results in a much improved analysis of the data at hand: Thecompeting possessive constructions are treated as partly synonymousconstructions in the same semantic space. Changes are then seen to followpaths in this space. The constructionist perspective also allows discerningthe relative contributions of the possessor nominal, the possessee nominaland properties of the constructions themselves.

The book is a contribution to Slavic historical linguistics, to the generalunderstanding of adnominal possession and to forwarding functionalistapproaches to syntactic change.

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science                             Discourse Analysis                             Historical Linguistics                             Semantics                             Syntax
Subject Language(s): Russian (rus) Language Family(ies): Slavic Subgroup
Written In: English (eng )

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