Mermaid Construction

Mermaid Construction

Author: Tasaku Tsunoda

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 9783110670875

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 882

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This volume provides detailed studies of the crosslinguistically unusual mermaid construction in seventeen languages of Asia, including Modern Standard Japanese, and one language of Africa. This construction appears to be absent in languages of Europe, Oceania and the Americas. The name - mermaid construction - alludes to its paradoxical make-up, where the structure closely resembling a verb-predicate clause ends with what may look like a noun-predicate clause. Superficially it looks biclausal; however, syntactically it is monoclausal. It has a compound predicate which contains an independent noun, a clitic or an affix derived from a noun, or a nominalizer. Its compound predicate has a modal, evidential, aspectual, temporal, stylistic or discourse-related meaning. The paradox is resolved from a diachronic perspective insofar as a biclausal structure is reanalyzed as a monoclausal one. This volume shows how a noun may be reanalyzed to become a constituent of a predicate. It constitutes an important contribution to research on grammaticalization and in particular, the grammaticalization of nouns and more generally, to the typology of syntactic reanalysis.
Mermaid Construction
Language: en
Pages: 882
Authors: Tasaku Tsunoda
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines
Type: BOOK - Published: 2020-08-10 - Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

This volume provides detailed studies of the crosslinguistically unusual mermaid construction in seventeen languages of Asia, including Modern Standard Japanese, and one language of Africa. This construction appears to be absent in languages of Europe, Oceania and the Americas. The name - mermaid construction - alludes to its paradoxical make-up,
Noun-Modifying Clause Constructions in Languages of Eurasia
Language: en
Pages: 381
Authors: Yoshiko Matsumoto, Bernard Comrie, Peter Sells
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines
Type: BOOK - Published: 2017-02-28 - Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing Company

This volume presents a cross-linguistic investigation of clausal noun-modifying constructions in genetically varied languages of Eurasia. Contrary to a common premise that, in any language, adnominal clauses that share some features of relative clauses constitute a structurally distinct construction, some languages of Eurasia exhibit a General Noun-Modifying Clause Construction (GNMCC)
Levels in Clause Linkage
Language: en
Pages: 906
Authors: Tasaku Tsunoda
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines
Type: BOOK - Published: 2018-02-05 - Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

This is a cross-linguistic exploration of the use of clause linkage markers in causal, conditional, and concessive sentences. Employing a five-level classification of clause linkage based on semantic and pragmatic grounds, it shows that, within individual languages different markers exhibit different distributions on the five levels. Also, the rich evidence
Grammaticalization from a Typological Perspective
Language: en
Pages: 496
Authors: Heiko Narrog, Bernd Heine
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines
Type: BOOK - Published: 2018-10-29 - Publisher: Oxford Studies in Diachronic a

This volume explores the way in which grammaticalization processes - whereby lexical words eventually become markers of grammatical categories - converge and differ across various types of language. While grammaticalization at its core is a unidirectional phenomenon, in which the same pathways of change are replicated across languages, certain language
The Oxford Guide to the Transeurasian Languages
Language: en
Pages: 1008
Authors: Martine Robbeets, Alexander Savelyev
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines
Type: BOOK - Published: 2020-06-26 - Publisher: Oxford University Press

The Oxford Guide to the Transeurasian Languages provides a comprehensive account of the Transeurasian languages, and is the first major reference work in the field since 1965. The term 'Transeurasian' refers to a large group of geographically adjacent languages that includes five uncontroversial linguistic families: Japonic, Koreanic, Tungusic, Mongolic, and