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Wed Mar 10 2021

Books: Roots in progress: Cavirani-Pots

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Date: 23-Feb-2021
From: Janacy van Duijn Genet <lotuva.nl>
Subject: Roots in progress: Cavirani-Pots
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Title: Roots in progress
Subtitle: Semi-lexicality in the Dutch and Afrikaans verbal domain
Series Title: LOT Dissertation Series
Published: 2020
Publisher: Netherlands Graduate School of Linguistics / Landelijke (LOT)
                http://www.lotpublications.nl/

Book URL: https://www.lotpublications.nl/roots-in-progress-semi-lexicality-in-the-dutch-and-afrikaans-verbal-domain

Author: Cora Cavirani-Pots
Paperback: ISBN: 9789460933387 Pages: 369 Price: Europe EURO 38
Abstract:

This thesis investigates semi-lexicality in the Dutch and Afrikaans verbal domain. The approach to semi-lexicality is an approach of grammaticalisation: semi-lexicality is the result of a grammaticalisation process. The main theoretical proposal of this thesis is that there are two stages of semi-lexicality, which have two different underlying syntactic structures. The first stage is the diachronic predecessor of the second stage. In the first stage, a semi-lexically used vocabulary item is a root Merged in the low part of the functional domain of a lexically used root. In the second stage, the root of the semi-lexically used vocabulary item is first Merged in a separate workspace with a functional head F. This complex head is then Merged in the functional domain of a lexically used root. This proposal is put to work in two case studies on semi-lexicality in the verbal domain. The first case study deals with two semi-lexically used verbs in Dutch: hoeven ‘need’ and zitten ‘sit’. In this case study, it is shown that these verbs are semi-lexical to different degrees. Furthermore, it is shown that the different degrees of semi-lexicality have a different impact on the amount of morphosyntactic variation and optionality in verb clusters containing these verbs. The second case study deals with the semi-lexical use of motion and posture verbs in Afrikaans. As in the first case study, in this case study it is shown how the degree of semi-lexicality of these verbs influences the amount of morphosyntactic variation and optionality these verbs exhibit.

Linguistic Field(s): Syntax

Subject Language(s): Afrikaans (afr)
                            Dutch (nld)

Written In: English (eng)

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