LINGUIST List 28.1653

Tue Apr 04 2017

Books: Language Contact in Europe: Drinka

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Date: 24-Mar-2017
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Subject: Language Contact in Europe: Drinka
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Title: Language Contact in Europe
Subtitle: The Periphrastic Perfect through History
Published: 2017
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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Author: Bridget Drinka
Hardback: ISBN: 9780521514934 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 140.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9780521514934 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 110.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9780521514934 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 143.00

This comprehensive new work provides extensive evidence for the essential role of language contact as a primary trigger for change. Unique in breadth, it traces the spread of the periphrastic perfect across Europe over the last 2,500 years, illustrating at each stage the micro-responses of speakers and communities to macro-historical pressures. Among the key forces claimed to be responsible for normative innovations in both eastern and western Europe is 'roofing' - the superstratal influence of Greek and Latin on languages under the influence of Greek Orthodoxy and Roman Catholicism respectively. The author provides a new interpretation of the notion of 'sprachbund', presenting the model of a three-dimensional stratified convergence zone, and applies this model to her analysis of the have and be perfects within the Charlemagne sprachbund. The book also tackles broader theoretical issues, for example, demonstrating that the perfect tense should not be viewed as a universal category.

1. Language contact in Europe: the periphrastic perfect through history; 2. Languages in contact, areal linguistics and the perfect; 3. The perfect as a category; 4. Sources of the perfect in Indo-European; 5. The periphrastic perfect in Greek; 6. The periphrastic perfect in Latin; 7. The Charlemagne sprachbund and the periphrastic perfects; 8. The core and peripheral features of romance languages; 9. The early development of the perfect in the Germanic languages; 10. The semantic shift of anterior to preterite; 11. The Balkan perfects: grammaticalization and contact; 12. Byzantium, orthodoxy, and old church Slavonic; 13. The l-perfect in North Slavic; 14. Updating the notion of sprachbund: new resultatives and the circum-Baltic 'stratified convergence zone'; 15. The have resultative in Slavic and Baltic; 16. Conclusions.

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics

Written In: English (eng)

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