The Morphosyntax of Transitions: A Case Study in Latin and Other Languages

Paperback | March 19, 2016

byVictor Acedo-Matellan

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This book examines the cross-linguistic expression of changes of location or state, taking as a starting point Talmy's typological generalization that classifies languages as either 'satellite-framed' or 'verb-framed'. In verb-framed languages, such as those of the Romance family, the resultstate or location is encoded in the verb. In satellite-framed languages, such as English or Latin, the result state or location is encoded in a non-verbal element. These languages can be further subdivided into weak satellite-framed languages, in which the element expressing result must form a wordwith the verb, and strong satellite-framed languages, in which it is expressed by an independent element: an adjective, a prepositional phrase or a particle. In this volume, Victor Acedo-Matellan explores the similarities between Latin and Slavic in their expression of events of transition: neitherallows the expression of complex adjectival resultative constructions and both express the result state or location of a complex transition through prefixes. They are therefore analysed as weak satellite-framed languages, along with Ancient Greek and some varieties of Mandarin Chinese, and stand incontrast to strong satellite-framed languages such as English, the Germanic languages in general, and Finno-Ugric. This variation is expressed in terms of the morphological properties of the head that expresses transition, which is argued to be affixal in weak but not in strong satellite-framedlanguages. The author takes a neo-constructionist approach to argument structure, which accounts for the verbal elasticity shown by Latin, and a Distributed Morphology approach to the syntax-morphology interface.

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This book examines the cross-linguistic expression of changes of location or state, taking as a starting point Talmy's typological generalization that classifies languages as either 'satellite-framed' or 'verb-framed'. In verb-framed languages, such as those of the Romance family, the resultstate or location is encoded in the verb. In ...

Victor Acedo-Matellan is currently a Junior Research Fellow in Linguistics at Queens' College, Cambridge. He has a PhD from the Universitat de Barcelona and has held positions at the Institut d'Estudis Catalans, the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, and the Universidade do Minho, Braga. His research on verbal syntax and argument struc...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.7 inPublished:March 19, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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General prefaceAcknowledgementsList of abbreviations1. Introduction2. A neo-constructionist perspective on argument structure3. The syntax-morphology interface4. Latin as a satellite-framed language5. Weak satellite-framed languages6. A revision of Talmy's typology7. Challenges and proposalsAppendix: Latin telic predicates with prefixed manner-of-motion verbsReferencesIndex