Adpositions from the semantic point of view

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

Adpositions from the semantic point of view

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This chapter presents the main meanings that are marked, crosslinguistically, by adpositions (Adps), distributing them in various domains, according to what we observe in languages. But before doing so, it is in order to show — since syntactic facts, studied in Chapter 4, and semantic facts, studied here, are closely related — what this relationship consists of as far as Adps are concerned. The chapter is organized as follows. Section 5.1 begins with a study of the relationship between syntactic and semantic facts. Section 5.2 examines some aspects of the contribution of Adp-phrases to meaning, based on the semantic behaviour of Adps and their organization into a system of relationships between semantic functions. Section 5.3 presents the semantic domains — groups of semantic functions — that can be distinguished as those between which Adps are distributed crosslinguistically.

Keywords: adpositions; grammar; synactic function; semantic function; Adp-phrases; semantic domains

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Subjects: Grammar, Syntax and Morphology

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