Split Auxiliary Systems

A cross-linguistic perspective

Raúl Aranovich | University of California, Davis
ISBN 9789027229816 | EUR 115.00 | USD 173.00
ISBN 9789027292568 | EUR 115.00 | USD 173.00
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The alternation between the auxiliaries BE and HAVE, which this collection examines, is often discussed in connection with generative analyses of split intransitivity. But this book's purpose is to place the phenomenon in a broader context. Well-known facts in the Romance and Germanic language families are extended with data from lesser studied languages and dialects (Romanian, Paduan), and also with experimental and historical data. Moreover, the book goes beyond the usual language families in which the phenomenon has been studied, with the inclusion of two chapters on Chinese and Korean. The theoretical background of the contributors is also broad, ranging from current Generative approaches to Cognitive and Optimality-Theoretical frameworks. Readers interested in the structural, historical, developmental, or experimental aspects of auxiliary selection should profit from this book's comprehensive empirical coverage and from the plurality of contemporary linguistic analyses it contains.
[Typological Studies in Language, 69] 2007.  vii, 277 pp.
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“This collection of essays is an important contribution to the current debate on split auxiliary systems. Gathering work on well-known and lesser-known systems of auxiliary selection (Romance, Germanic, Korean, Chinese, Greek), it sheds fresh empirical and theoretical light on aspectual auxiliaries. It will be of interest to researchers in theoretical and applied linguistics, typology and diachronic linguistics.”
“This is a fascinating volume for afficionados of unaccusative-type phenomena and for observers of linguistic methodology in mutation.”
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