LINGUIST List 26.2852

Wed Jun 10 2015

Books: Case Alternations in Five Finnic Languages: Lees

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Date: 10-Jun-2015
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Subject: Case Alternations in Five Finnic Languages: Lees
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Title: Case Alternations in Five Finnic Languages
Subtitle: Estonian, Finnish, Karelian, Livonian and Veps
Series Title: Brill's Studies in Language, Cognition and Culture
Published: 2015
Publisher: Brill

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Author: Aet Lees
Hardback: ISBN: 9789004296343 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 149
Hardback: ISBN: 9789004296343 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 115

This corpus study presents a comparative quantitative analysis of the partitive-accusative alternation of object case in five Finnic languages, using Bible texts. Objects of finite, non-finite and impersonal verbs are discussed. It includes a comparison of the use of case in written old Estonian and Finnish, tracing changes through to modern times, with some historical data also from Karelian, Livonian and Veps. The nominative-partitive alternation of copula complements and subjects in existential clauses is also analysed synchronically and diachronically. The review of relevant literature, much of which is in Finnish or Estonian, and explanatory introductions in all sections, are especially useful for those starting to study Finno-Ugric languages, but also for typologists and historical linguists.

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
                            Text/Corpus Linguistics

Subject Language(s): Estonian (est)
                            Finnish (fin)
                            Karelian (krl)
                            Liv (liv)
                            Veps (vep)
Language Family(ies): Finno-Ugric

Written In: English (eng)

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