Adpositions (Oxford Studies in Typology and Linguistic by Claude Hagége

By Claude Hagége

This pioneering examine is predicated on an research of over two hundred languages, together with African, Amerindian, Australian, Austronesian, Indo-European and Eurasian (Altaic, Caucasian, Chukotko-Kamchatkan, Dravidian, Uralic), Papuan, and Sino-Tibetan. Adpositions are a virtually common a part of speech. English has prepositions; a few languages, similar to jap, have postpositions; others have either; and but others varieties that aren't rather both. As grammatical instruments they mark the connection among elements of a sentence: frequently one aspect governs a noun or noun-like note or word whereas the opposite features as a predicate. From the syntactic standpoint, the supplement of an adposition is dependent upon a head: during this final sentence, for instance, a head is the supplement of on whereas on a head is determined by depends and on is the marker of this dependency. Adpositions lie on the middle of the grammar of so much languages, their usefulness making them recurrent in daily speech and writing. Claude Hagege examines their morphological positive aspects, syntactic services, and semantic and cognitive homes. He does so for the subsets either one of adpositions that categorical the family members of agent, sufferer, and beneficiary, and of these which mark area, time, accompaniment, or software. Adpositions frequently govern case and are often steadily grammaticalized into case. the writer considers the entire set of functionality markers, together with case, that seem as adpositions and, in doing so, throws gentle on strategies of morphological and syntactic swap in numerous languages and language households. His e-book should be welcomed through typologists and by means of syntacticians and morphologists of all theoretical stripes.

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