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Possession
Cognitive Sources, Forces, and Grammaticalization

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  • Date Published: February 2011
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  • isbn: 9780511835353

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  • In this new work, Bernd Heine claims that the structure of grammatical categories is predictable to a large extent once we know the range of possible cognitive structures from which they are derived. The author uses as his example the structure of predicative possession, and shows how most of the possessive constructions to be found in the world's languages can be traced back to a small set of basic conceptual patterns. Heine identifies these patterns, and using grammaticalization theory he describes how each affects the word order and morphosyntax of the resulting possessive construction. He argues that grammaticalization theory explains much of the observable typological diversity which characterizes 'have'-constructions in the world's languages. Illustrated by a wealth of examples, this is an original and important statement from a leading linguist.

    • Heine well known for his work in this field
    • Cognitive linguistic approach very popular at the moment, especially in Japan
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    • Date Published: February 2011
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511835353
    • contains: 3 b/w illus. 16 tables
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    List of tables and figures
    Preface
    Abbreviations
    1. The state
    2. The process
    3. On attributive possession
    4. From possession to aspect
    5. Evaluation
    Appendix
    References
    Indexes.

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    Bernd Heine, Universität zu Köln

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