Towards a comprehensive characterization of adpositions

Claude Hagège

in Adpositions

Published in print April 2010 | ISBN: 9780199575008
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191722578 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in Typology and Linguistic Theory

Towards a comprehensive characterization of adpositions

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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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Subjects: Grammar, Syntax and Morphology

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