The Chain of Being and Having in Slavic
Steven J. Clancy | University of Chicago
The complex diachronic and synchronic status of the concepts be and have can be understood only with consideration of their full range of constructions and functions. Data from modern Slavic languages (Russian, Czech, Polish, Bulgarian) provides a window into zero copulas, non-verbal have expressions, and verbal constructions. From the perspective of cognitive linguistics, be and have are analyzed in terms of a blended prototype model, wherein existence/copula for be and possession/relationship for have are inseparably combined. These concepts are related to each other in their functions and meanings and serve as organizing principles in a conceptual network of semantic neighbors, including give, take, get, become, make, and verbs of position and motion. Renewal and replacement of be and have occur through processes of polysemization and suppletization involving lexical items in this network. Topics include polysemy, suppletion, tense/mood auxiliaries, modality, causatives, evidentiality, function words, contact phenomena, syntactic calques, and idiomatic constructions.
[Studies in Language Companion Series, 122] 2010. xvii, 297 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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Table of Contents
List of tables | pp. ix–x
List of figures and capsules | pp. xi–xii
Abbreviations and symbols used | pp. xii–xiv
A note on the content and format of this book | pp. xv–xvii
Chapter 1. Why be and have? | pp. 1–8
Chapter 2. The relationship between be and have | pp. 9–66
Chapter 3. Be in the modern Slavic languages | pp. 67–120
Chapter 4. Have in the modern Slavic languages | pp. 121–158
Chapter 5. Grammaticalization of be and have | pp. 159–230
Chapter 6. Language contact and borrowing | pp. 231–250
Chapter 7. Conclusions | pp. 251–264
Appendix Data sources | pp. 265–284
Bibliography | pp. 285–290
Author index | pp. 291–292
Language index | pp. 293–294
Subject index | pp. 295–298
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Main BIC Subject
CF/2AG: Linguistics/Slavic (Slavonic) languages
Main BISAC Subject
LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General