The Syntax of the Be-Possessive

Parametric variation and surface diversities

| Hankuk University of Foreign Studies
ISBN 9789027255556 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
ISBN 9789027290649 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
This book is the first attempt to provide a unified account of the be-possessive syntax and its extension to the modal and the perfect constructions in Russian/North Russian within a generative framework. Apparently diverse constructions are construed as deriving from the have/be parameter, which depends on the utilization of the prepositional complementizer with a Case feature. The be-perfect structure provides an adequate environment where ergativity is encoded via verbal nominalization. The relevance of the be-perfect structure for a split ergative pattern shows that the ergative system is a syntactically conditioned phenomenon rather than a purely morphological diversity. This volume also offers the diachronic study of the be-syntax, investigating the evolution of the be-perfect and be-modal constructions, which has rarely been explored within a formal framework. Concrete scenarios are proposed for the developmental paths of the be-perfect and the be-modal constructions, based on textual evidence in old North Russian.
[Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today, 172]  2011.  xiii, 269 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
List of abbreviations
Chapter 1 Parametric variation in synchrony and diachrony
Chapter 2 The syntax of the be-possessive in Russian
Chapter 3 The consequences of the be-possessive structure: Modal and perfect
Chapter 4 The be-perfect and ergativity in North Russian
Chapter 5 Microvariations in Case and Agreement
Chapter 6 Thematic feature reduction: The historical extension of the syntax of the be-possessive to the be-modal
Chapter 7 Thematic feature reduction: The development of the -no/-to perfect
Chapter 8 Conclusion
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BIC Subject: CFK – Grammar, syntax
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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