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Claude Hagège


This pioneering study is based on an analysis of over 200 languages, including African, Amerindian, Australian, Austronesian, Indo-European and Eurasian (Altaic, Caucasian, Chukotko-Kamchatkan, Dravidian, Uralic), Papuan, and Sino-Tibetan. Adpositions are an almost universal part of speech. English has prepositions; some languages, such as Japanese, have postpositions; others have both; and yet others, kinds that are not quite either. As grammatical tools they mark the relationship between two parts of a sentence: characteristically one element governs a noun or noun-like word or phrase while ... More

Keywords: adpositions, prepositions, postpositions, grammar, sentence, noun, language families, speech, writing, syntactic functions

Bibliographic Information

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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Claude Hagège, author
Collège de France
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