Chiara Zanchi

Multiple Preverbs in Ancient Indo-European Languages

A comparative study on Vedic, Homeric Greek, Old Church Slavic, and Old Irish
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This book deals with multiple preverbs in some ancient Indo-European languages, specifically, in Vedic, Homeric Greek, Old Church Slavic, and Old Irish. By investigating a relatively underrepresented phenomenon, such as multiple preverbs, in a relatively wide sample of Indo-European languages, and by integrating up-to-date literature relating to preverbs in diverse languages, the book offers historical linguists, Indoeuropeanists, and also typologists a precise and comprehensive understanding of the common reasons behind the behavior and historical development of preverbs.
The book investigates multiple preverbs (PVs) in some ancient IE languages (Vedic, Homeric Greek, Old Church Slavic, and Old Irish). After an introduction, it opens with the theoretical framework and a typologically-oriented overview of PVs. It then gives quantitative data about multiple PV composites and carries out philological, formal, semantic, and syntactic analyses on them. The comparison among these languages suggests that a process of accumulation lies behind multiple PV composites. Also, PV ordering is explained by different factors: semantic solidarity between PVs and verbs PVs’ tendency to be specified by event participants, PVs’ etymologies, influence from other languages. The book also contributes to casting light on the reasons for PVs’ grammaticalization and lexicalization. These are two distinct reanalyses triggered by the same factor, i.e. the mentioned semantic solidarity, which makes PVs be felt as redundant. They are thus reassigned salient pieces of information as actional markers (grammaticalization) or reinterpreted as part of the verb (lexicalization).

1. Introduction
2. Theoretical background
3. Preverbs: an overview
4. Multiple preverbs in Vedic
5. Multiple preverbs in Homeric Greek
6. Multiple preverbs in Old Church Slavic
7. Multiple preverbs in Old Irish
8. Multiple preverbs in ancient Indo-European languages: differences, similarities and concluding remarks

Chiara Zanchi arbeitet als Postdoktorandin mit den Forschungsgebieten Indogermanistik, Historische Sprachwissenschaft und Kognitive Linguistik an der Università degli Studi di Pavia (Italien).
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Ausgabenart eBook (ePDF + ePub)
ISBN 978-3-8233-9274-3
EAN 9783823392743
Bibliographie 1. Auflage
Seiten 436
Format eBook PDF
Ausgabename 18274-2
Verlag Gunter Narr Verlag
Autor Chiara Zanchi
Erscheinungsdatum 26.08.2019