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Eckhoff, Hanne Martine

Old Russian Possessive Constructions

A Construction Grammar Approach

Series:Trends in Linguistics. Studies and Monographs [TiLSM] 237

DE GRUYTER MOUTON

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    Publication Date:
    October 2011
    Copyright year:
    2011
    ISBN
    978-3-11-025504-1
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    Overview

    Aims and Scope

    This book is a detailed study of the possessive semantic space within the framework of construction grammar. Using corpus data from Old Church Slavonic and Old Russian, the book uses semantic maps to document the relationship between form and meaning in a set of semantically closely related syntactic constructions that can all express adnominal possession and all partially overlap. The book also traces the development of these constructions from the earliest Slavic attestations towards Modern Russian, thus also using the semantic maps as a diachronic tool.

    This approach results in a much improved analysis of the data at hand: The competing possessive constructions are treated as partly synonymous constructions in the same semantic space. Changes are then seen to follow paths in this space. The constructionist perspective also allows discerning the relative contributions of the possessor nominal, the possessee nominal and properties of the constructions themselves.

    The book is a contribution to Slavic historical linguistics, to the general understanding of adnominal possession and to forwarding functionalist approaches to syntactic change.

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    23.0 x 15.5 cm
    xi, 215 pages
    59 Fig. 31 Tables
    DE GRUYTER MOUTON
    Language:
    English
    Type of Publication:
    Monograph
    Keyword(s):
    Slavic Languages; Historical Syntax; Cognitive Grammar; Construction Grammar

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    Hanne Martine Eckhoff, University of Oslo, Norway.

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