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Adpositions and Other Parts of Speech

Alan Libert

It has often proven difficult to classify certain words as adpositions or nouns, verbs, adjectives, etc. This book looks at the distinctions between adpositions, i.e. prepositions and postpositions, and other word classes with respect to a wide range of languages. In particular, it focuses on how these distinctions have been treated by previous authors and the terminology used to describe items on or close to the adpositional border, e.g. pseudo-postpositions and auxiliary nouns. Chapters are devoted to adpositions as opposed to most of the other traditional parts of speech. Among the criteria for (non-)adpositional status brought up are the presence or absence of inflection on putative adpositions and genitive case marking on complements of such words. Definitive conclusions on how to determine whether words are adpositions seem elusive, but some formal criteria, such as absence of inflection, are problematic; possibly a solution will involve a notion of adpositional function.


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Adpositions and Other Parts of Speech Alan Reed Libert Adpositions and Other Parts of Speech Bibliographic Information published by the Deutsche Nationalbibliothek The Deutsche Nationalbibliothek lists this publication in the Deutsche Nationalbibliografie; detailed bibliographic data is available in the internet at Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Libert, Alan. Adpositions and other parts of speech / Alan Reed Libert. pages cm. Includes bibliographical references. ISBN 978-3-631-63786-9 – ISBN 978-3-653-03682-4 (E-Book) 1. Grammar, Comparative and general–Prepositions. 2. Grammar, Comparative and general–Postpositions. 3. Parts of speech. I. Title. P285.L53 2013 415'.7--dc23 2013029773 Printed with the financial support of the School of Humanities & Social Sciences of the University of Newcastle. ISBN 978-3-631-63786-9 (Print) E-ISBN 978-3-653-03682-4 (E-Book) DOI 10.3726/978-3-653-03682-4 © Peter Lang GmbH Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften Frankfurt am Main 2013 All rights reserved. Peter Lang Edition is an Imprint of Peter Lang GmbH. Peter Lang – Frankfurt am Main · Bern · Bruxelles · New York · Oxford · Warszawa · Wien All parts of this publication are protected by copyright. Any utilisation outside the strict limits of the copyright law, without the permission of the publisher, is forbidden and liable to prosecution. This applies in particular to reproductions, translations, microfilming, and storage and processing in electronic retrieval systems.

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