LINGUIST List 24.4625

Tue Nov 19 2013

Books: Adpositions and Other Parts of Speech: Alan Reed

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Date: 19-Nov-2013
From: Laura Bally <publicitypeterlang.com>
Subject: Adpositions and Other Parts of Speech: Alan Reed
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Title: Adpositions and Other Parts of Speech Published: 2013 Publisher: Peter Lang AG
                http://www.peterlang.com

Book URL: http://www.peterlang.com/?263786

Author: Libert Alan Reed Electronic: ISBN: 9783653036824 Pages: 135 Price: Germany € 45.58
Electronic: ISBN: 9783653036824 Pages: 135 Price: AUS $ 45.96
Electronic: ISBN: 9783653036824 Pages: 135 Price: U.K. £ 31
Electronic: ISBN: 9783653036824 Pages: 135 Price: Europe EURO 38.3
Electronic: ISBN: 9783653036824 Pages: 135 Price: U.S. $ 49.95
Hardback: ISBN: 9783631637869 Pages: 135 Price: AUS $ 42.10
Hardback: ISBN: 9783631637869 Pages: 135 Price: U.K. £ 31.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9783631637869 Pages: 135 Price: U.S. $ 49.95
Hardback: ISBN: 9783631637869 Pages: 135 Price: Europe EURO 38.3
Hardback: ISBN: 9783631637869 Pages: 135 Price: Germany € 40.95
Abstract:

It has often proven difficult to classify certain words as adpositions or nouns, verbs, adjectives, etc. This book looks at the distinctions between adpositions, i.e. prepositions and postpositions, and other word classes with respect to a wide range of languages. In particular, it focuses on how these distinctions have been treated by previous authors and the terminology used to describe items on or close to the adpositional border, e.g. pseudo-postpositions and auxiliary nouns. Chapters are devoted to adpositions as opposed to most of the other traditional parts of speech. Among the criteria for (non-)adpositional status brought up are the presence or absence of inflection on putative adpositions and genitive case marking on complements of such words. Definitive conclusions on how to determine whether words are adpositions seem elusive, but some formal criteria, such as absence of inflection, are problematic; possibly a solution will involve a notion of adpositional function.



Linguistic Field(s): Morphology                             Syntax
Written In: English (eng)

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