The Circum-Baltic Languages: Grammar and typology

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ึsten Dahl, Maria Koptjevskaja-Tamm
John Benjamins Publishing, 2001 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 761 pages
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The area around the Baltic Sea has for millennia been a meeting-place for people of different origins. Among the circum-Baltic languages, we find three major branches of Indo-European Baltic, Germanic, and Slavic, the Baltic-Finnic languages from the Uralic phylum and several others. The circum-Baltic area is an ideal place to study areal and contact phenomena in languages. The present set of two volumes look at the circum-Baltic languages from a typological, areal and historical perspective, trying to relate the intricate patterns of similarities and dissimilarities to the societal background. In Volume II, selected phenomena in the grammars of the circum-Baltic languages are studied in a cross-linguistic perspective.
  

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Contents

List of abbreviations
vii
Introduction to the volume
xv
Impersonals and passives in Baltic and Finnic
363
On the development of the nominative object in East Baltic
391
Lexical evidence for the parallel development of the Latvian and Livo
413
nian verb particles
419
The verbal particle ara
443
Case systems and syntax in Latvian and Estonian
481
Nonverbal predication in the CircumBaltic languages
569
To and fro coherence
591
An arealtypological approach
615
Typological perspectives
745
Language contacts referred to in the volumes
751
Name index
763
Language index
771
Subject index I15
777

Genitive positions in Baltic and Finnic languages
499
PART 5
545

Common terms and phrases