Periphrasis: The Role of Syntax and Morphology in Paradigms

Hardcover | February 28, 2013

EditorMarina Chumakina, Greville Corbett

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Periphrasis straddles the border between two major linguistic components, morphology and syntax. It describes a situation where a grammatical meaning, such as a tense, which could be expected to be expressed morphologically within a word, is instead expressed by a syntactic phrase. Inclusionof syntactic phrases in morphological paradigms creates analytical and theoretical problems that have yet to be resolved by linguists, who have been hampered by the rather narrow range of data available for consideration and by a lack of adequate theoretical devices. This book addresses thechallenge by broadening the range of phenomena under discussion and presenting new theoretical approaches to the problem of periphrasis.Part I takes four key languages from diverse families - Nakh-Daghestanian, Gunwinyguan (Australian), Uralic and Indo-European - as examples of languages in which periphrasis poses particular problems for current linguistic theories. Part II views periphrasis in different contexts, determining itsplace within the morphological and syntactic systems of the languages it is found in, its relations to other linguistic phenomena, and the typological variation represented by periphrastic constructions. Treating periphrasis as a morphological and syntactic phenomenon at the same time and applyingthe criteria worked out within the Canonical Typology approach allows linguists to view periphrasis as a family of phenomena within a typological space of syntactic constructions used to fulfil grammatical functions.

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Periphrasis straddles the border between two major linguistic components, morphology and syntax. It describes a situation where a grammatical meaning, such as a tense, which could be expected to be expressed morphologically within a word, is instead expressed by a syntactic phrase. Inclusionof syntactic phrases in morphological paradi...

Marina Chumakina is Research Fellow with Surrey Morphology Group at the University of Surrey, and Greville Corbett is Distinguished Professor of Linguistics with Surrey Morphology Group at the University of Surrey.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:200 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.01 inPublished:February 28, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0197265251

ISBN - 13:9780197265253

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Marina Chumakina: IntroductionI. The Typological Space: Periphrasis in Four Key Languages1. Marina Chumakina: Periphrasis in Archi2. Nicholas Evans: Instability in Stability: Therapeutic and Elaborative Periphrasis in the Dalabon Pronominal Prefix Paradigm3. Irina Nikolaeva: Periphrasis in Tundra Nenets4. Gregory Stump: Periphrasis in the Sanskrit verb systemII. Syntactic and Morphological Perspectives5. Olivier Bonami and Gert Webelhuth: The Phrase-Structural Diversity of Periphrasis: A Lexicalist Account6. Greville G. Corbett: Periphrasis and Possible Lexemes7. Gergana Popova and Andrew Spencer: Relatedness in Periphrasis: A Paradigm-based Perspective8. Andrew Spencer: Sentence Negation and Periphrasis