A History of Indo-European Verb Morphology

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This book explores the origin and evolution of important grammatical categories of the Indo-European verb, including the markers of person, tense, number, aspect, and mood. Its central thesis is that many of these markers can be traced to original deictic particles which were incorporated into verbal structures in order to indicate the 'hic and nunc' and various degrees of remoteness from the 'hic and nunc'. The alterations to which these deictic elements were subject are viewed here in the context of an Indo-European language very different from Brugmannian Indo-European, many features of which, it is argued, appeared only in the period of dialectal development. This book challenges numerous traditional proposals about the Indo-European verb; all reconstructions contained in it are firmly based on extant data and are consonant with established principles of linguistic change.
[Current Issues in Linguistic Theory, 88]  1992.  viii, 160 pp.
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Table of Contents
Preface & Acknowledgements
vii
I: Introduction
1
II: The Origin of the Singular Person Markers, Tense Markers, and Related Grammatical Categories
23
III: The Origin of the Non-Singular Category
65
IV: The Origin of the Ḫi-Conjugation, the Perfect, and the Middle Voice
85
V: The Origin of the Optative and the Subjunctive
115
VI: A Brief Chronological Summary
121
Endnotes
125
References
133
Index of Names
151
Index of Subjects and Languages
155
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BIC Subject: CF – Linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  91046695