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Periphrasis: The Role of Syntax and Morphology in Paradigms

Marina Chumakina and Greville Corbett


Periphrasis is the phenomenon, well attested in the languages of the world, where a grammatical meaning which we expect to be expressed within a word actually has a syntactic expression. This means that periphrasis straddles the border between two major linguistic components, morphology (word structure) and syntax (sentence structure). This dual nature of periphrasis creates analytical and theoretical problems; to solve these, we need to broaden the range of the evidence examined and to adopt new theoretical approaches. The present volume answers both of these challenges. First, it presents ne ... More

Keywords: linguistics, periphrasis, morphology, morphosyntactic features, syntax, typology, diachrony

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780197265253
Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197265253.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Marina Chumakina, editor
Research Fellow, Surrey Morphology Group, University of Surrey

Greville Corbett, editor
Distinguished Professor of Linguistics, Surrey Morphology Group, University of Surrey

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1 Introduction

Marina Chumakina

Part I The Typological Space: Periphrasis in Four Key Languages

2 Periphrasis in Archi1

Marina Chumakina

Part II Syntactic and Morphological Perspectives

6 The Phrase-structural Diversity of Periphrasis

Olivier Bonami, and Gert Webelhuth

8 Relatedness in Periphrasis

Gergana Popova, and Andrew Spencer