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Books: Periphrasis: Chumakina, Corbett (Eds)

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Date: 29-Nov-2012
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Subject: Periphrasis: Chumakina, Corbett (Eds)
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Title: PeriphrasisSubtitle: The Role of Syntax and Morphology in ParadigmsPublication Year: 2012Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Editor: Marina ChumakinaEditor: Greville G. Corbett

Hardback: ISBN: 9780197265253 Pages: 200 Price: U.S. $ 75


Periphrasis straddles the border between two major linguistic components,morphology and syntax. It describes a situation where a grammatical meaning,such as a tense, which could be expected to be expressed morphologicallywithin a word, is instead expressed by a syntactic phrase. Inclusion ofsyntactic phrases in morphological paradigms creates analytical andtheoretical problems that have yet to be resolved by linguists, who have beenhampered by the rather narrow range of data available for consideration and bya lack of adequate theoretical devices. This book addresses the challenge bybroadening the range of phenomena under discussion and presenting newtheoretical approaches to the problem of periphrasis.

Part I takes four key languages from diverse families - Nakh-Daghestanian,Gunwinyguan (Australian), Uralic and Indo-European - as examples of languagesin which periphrasis poses particular problems for current linguistictheories. Part II views periphrasis in different contexts, determining itsplace within the morphological and syntactic systems of the languages it isfound in, its relations to other linguistic phenomena, and the typologicalvariation represented by periphrastic constructions. Treating periphrasis as amorphological and syntactic phenomenon at the same time and applying thecriteria worked out within the Canonical Typology approach allows linguists toview periphrasis as a family of phenomena within a typological space ofsyntactic constructions used to fulfill grammatical functions.

Linguistic Field(s): Morphology Syntax Typology

Written In: English (eng)

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