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Grammatical Relations in Pali and the Emergence of Ergativity in Indo-Aryan

Peterson, John M.

Published by LINCOM, 1998
ISBN 10: 3895860875 / ISBN 13: 9783895860874
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Title: Grammatical Relations in Pali and the ...

Publisher: LINCOM

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Softcover

Book Condition: Neu

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Edition: 1. Auflage


This book is a detailed study of the grammatical relations of Pali, a Middle Indo-Aryan language which is also the canonical language of the therava-da-Buddhists of Sri Lanka and Southeast Asia. On the basis of this data, the author takes a new look at the concept of 'subject' in Pali, as well as the emergence of ergativity in Indo-Aryan. The book includes a summary of much of the previous literature on the syntax of Old and Middle Indo-Aryan, as well as that of a number of works dealing with the origin of ergativity in Indo-Aryan and the concept of 'subject' in general. Following this is a detailed look at the treatment of various grammatical operations in the major verbal constructions of Pali - i.e., the finite categories, the periphrastic perfect and the gerundival construction. These include coordination and subordination, the control of reflexivization and pronominalization, as well as a description of the coding properties and the dispensability of the various arguments in each construction. Unlike most previous studies, the author comes to the conclusion that the present-day ergative constructions of most Indo-Aryan languages do not result from an earlier passive construction. Instead, he proposes a model for the periphrastic perfect which in many ways resembles that of the more familiar development of the perfect in west European languages. ISBN 3895860875. LINCOM Studies in Indo-European Linguistics 01. 240pp.1998. Bookseller Inventory # B-9783895860874

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