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Claude Hagège

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199575008

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199575008.001.0001

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Towards a comprehensive characterization of adpositions

Towards a comprehensive characterization of adpositions

(p.8) 2 Towards a comprehensive characterization of adpositions

Claude Hagège (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter provides a precise and full characterization of adpositions (Adps), by showing what they are, what they are not, and what they do, synchronically and diachronically. The chapter is organized as follows. Section 1 first proposes a general definition of Adps. Section 2.1 studies the relationship between Adps and case affixes. Section 2.3 characterizes Adps with respect to the term they govern. Section 2.4 presents word-types that might be mistaken for Adps, while Section 2.5 presents Adps as sources of new units. Finally, the ‘adposition’ is justified in relation to the other available terms.

Keywords:   adpositions, case affixes, adverbs, word-types, grammar, speech

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