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Grammaticalising the perfect and explanations of language change : have- and be-perfects in the history and structure of English and Bulgarian / by Bozhil Hristov.

Author/Creator:
Hristov, Bozhil, 1984- author.
Publication:
Leiden ; Boston : Brill, [2020]
Series:
Brill's studies in historical linguistics; v. 10.
Brill's studies in historical linguistics, 22114904 ; volume 10
Format/Description:
Book
xiv, 368 pages ; 25 cm.
Subjects:
English language -- Tense.
Bulgarian language -- Tense.
English language -- Grammar, Comparative -- Bulgarian.
Bulgarian language -- Grammar, Comparative -- English.
Bulgarian language -- Tense.
English language -- Tense.
Summary:
"In Grammaticalising the Perfect and Explanations of Language Change: Have- and Be-Perfects in the History and Structure of English and Bulgarian, Bozhil Hristov investigates key aspects of the verbal systems of two distantly related Indo-European languages, highlighting similarities as well as crucial differences between them and seeking a unified approach. The book reassesses some long-held notions and functionalist assumptions and shines the spotlight on certain areas that have received less attention, such as the role of ambiguity in actual usage. The detailed analysis of rich, contextualised material from a selection of texts dovetails with large-scale corpus studies, complementing their findings and enhancing our understanding of the phenomena. This monograph thus presents a happy marriage of traditional philological techniques and recent advances in theoretical linguistics and corpus work"-- Provided by publisher.
In 'Grammaticalising the Perfect and Explanations of Language Change: Have- and Be-Perfects in the History and Structure of English and Bulgarian', Bozhil Hristov investigates key aspects of the verbal systems of two distantly related Indo-European languages, highlighting similarities as well as crucial differences between them and seeking a unified approach.00The book reassesses some long-held notions and functionalist assumptions and shines the spotlight on certain areas that have received less attention, such as the role of ambiguity in actual usage. The detailed analysis of rich, contextualised material from a selection of texts dovetails with large-scale corpus studies, complementing their findings and enhancing our understanding of the phenomena. This monograph thus presents a happy marriage of traditional philological techniques and recent advances in theoretical linguistics and corpus work.
Contents:
Introduction
Theoretical preliminaries
The story of the English perfect
The development of the perfect in a selection of Old English texts
Further development of the perfect based on a selection of texts from Middle to Modern English
How things could have been: a glance at German
The perfect in the history and structure of Bulgarian
The development of the perfect in a selection of Middle and Modern Bulgarian texts
Conclusions.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Other format:
Online version: Hristov, Bozhil, Grammaticalising the perfect and explanations of language change
ISBN:
9789004414327
9004414320
9789004414051
OCLC:
1124778523
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