A Typology of Verbal Borrowings

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Walter de Gruyter, 2009 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 459 pages
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The questions as to why most languages appear to have more trouble borrowing verbs than nouns, and as to the possible mechanisms and paths by which verbs can be borrowed or the obstacles for verb borrowing, have been a topic of interest since the late 19th century. However, no truly substantial typological research had been undertaken in this field before the present study. The present work is the first in-depth cross-linguistic study on loan verbs and the morphological, syntactic and sociolinguistic aspects of loan verb accommodation. It applies current methodologies on database management, q.
 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction
3
Chapter 2 Methodology
25
Chapter 3 Basic concepts
50
Chapter 4 Introduction
71
Chapter 5 Types of input forms
75
Chapter 6 Direct Insertion
87
Chapter 7 Indirect Insertion
94
Chapter 8 The Light Verb Strategy and other complex predicates
102
The strategies compared
133
Chapter 13 Strategy distributions
145
Chapter 14 Genealogical strategy distribution
157
Chapter 15 Typological strategy distribution
188
Chapter 16 Pattern distributions
206
Chapter 17 Borrowing of accommodation patterns
224
Chapter 18 Determining factors
245
Chapter 19 Generalizations and implications
265

Chapter 9 Paradigm Insertion
118
Chapter 10 Other patterns
124
Chapter 11 Nonpatterns
128
Chapter 20 Conclusion
291
Backmatter
303
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Jan Wohlgemuth, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology Leipzig, Germany.

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