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Adpositions by Claude Hagège

By Claude Hagège

This pioneering learn is predicated on an research of over two hundred languages, together with African, Amerindian, Australian, Austronesian, Indo-European and Eurasian (Altaic, Caucasian, Chukotko-Kamchatkan, Dravidian, Uralic), Papuan, and Sino-Tibetan. Adpositions are a virtually common a part of speech. English has prepositions; a few languages, corresponding to jap, have postpositions; others have either; and but others types that aren't really both. As grammatical instruments they mark the connection among components of a sentence: often one aspect governs a noun or noun-like observe or word whereas the opposite capabilities as a predicate. From the syntactic perspective, the supplement of an adposition relies on a head: during this final sentence, for instance, a head is the supplement of on whereas on a head relies on relies and on is the marker of this dependency. Adpositions lie on the center of the grammar of such a lot languages, their usefulness making them recurrent in daily speech and writing. Claude Hagege examines their morphological good points, syntactic services, and semantic and cognitive houses. He does so for the subsets either one of adpositions that specific the relatives of agent, sufferer, and beneficiary, and of these which mark house, time, accompaniment, or device. Adpositions frequently govern case and are often steadily grammaticalized into case. the writer considers the entire set of functionality markers, together with case, that seem as adpositions and, in doing so, throws gentle on tactics of morphological and syntactic switch in several languages and language households. His e-book may be welcomed by means of typologists and by way of syntacticians and morphologists of all theoretical stripes.

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29 Therefore, grammatical information as to whether a certain word is a third person pronoun would not be sufficient: each occurrence of it has to be checked in order to find out if it is referential or not. Several algorithms for identification of pleonastic pronouns have been reported in the literature. ): ‘It is ModalAdj that S’, ‘It is ModalAdj (for NP) to VP’, ‘It is CogV-ed that S’, ‘It seems/appears/means/follows (that) S’, or in syntactic variants such as ‘It is not/may be ModalAdj’, ‘Wouldn’t it be ModalAdj’, etc.

Karttunen (1969). There are other examples where the anaphor does not trigger coreference such as My neighbour has a monster Harley 1200. They are really huge but gas-efficient bikes (Sidner 1983). To account for such cases, Sidner introduces the relationship co-specification. She regards the ARC01 11/04/2002 4:19 PM Page 25 LINGUISTIC FUNDAMENTALS 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 relationship anaphor-antecedent as kind of cognitive pointing to the same ‘cognitive element’, called specification.

Guindon (1988) obtained similar results for spoken dialogues as did Dahlbäck’s (1992) findings for Swedish. Both Fraurud and Guindon note that there is a small class of long-distance anaphors whose antecedents are not in the same or the preceding sentence. The greatest distance between a pronominal anaphor and its antecedent reported in Hobbs (1978) is 13 sentences and in Fraurud (1988) is 15 sentences. Fraurud’s investigation also established that the animacy of the antecedent is a factor for long-distance pronominalisation: usually pronouns referring to humans can have their antecedents further away.

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