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Books: The Evolution of Complex Spatial Expressions wihtin the Romance Family: Hoelbeek

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Date: 02-Feb-2017
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Subject: The Evolution of Complex Spatial Expressions wihtin the Romance Family: Hoelbeek
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Title: The Evolution of Complex Spatial Expressions wihtin the Romance
Subtitle: A Corpus-Based Study of French and Italian
Series Title: Brill's Studies in Historical Linguistics
Published: 2017
Publisher: Brill

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Author: Thomas Hoelbeek
Electronic: ISBN: 9789004314580 Pages: 247 Price: Europe EURO 110
Hardback: ISBN: 9789004314573 Pages: 247 Price: Europe EURO 110

In The Evolution of Complex Spatial Expressions within the Romance Family, Thomas Hoelbeek offers a corpus-based historical study of a group of expressions in French and Italian. Applying a functional approach, he tackles adpositions containing the French noun travers or the Italian noun traverso, previously never analysed from a diachronic perspective.

This study enriches our knowledge of the expressions analysed and their functioning in the past, but also in present-day French and Italian, providing diachronic observations regarding functional notions put to the test. Thomas Hoelbeek’s work also contributes to a better understanding of the grammaticalisation mechanisms of complex constructions, and shows that typologically related languages may evolve differently in their ways of representing space.

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

Subject Language(s): French (fra)
                            Italian (ita)
Language Family(ies): Romance
                            Southern Romance
Areal Regions: Western Europe

Written In: English (eng)

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