A Typological Perspective on Latvian Grammar

Written By Andra Kalnaca
A Typological Perspective on Latvian Grammar
  • Publsiher : Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
  • Release : 02 December 2014
  • ISBN : 3110411318
  • Pages : 198 pages
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Read or download book entitled A Typological Perspective on Latvian Grammar written by Andra Kalnaca which was release on 02 December 2014, this book published by Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle Format. Book excerpt: Theoretical studies of Latvian grammar have a great deal to offer to contemporary linguistics. Although traditionally Lithuanian has been the most widely studied Baltic language in diachronic and synchronic linguistics alike, Latvian has a number of distinctive features that can prove valuable both for historical, and perhaps even more so, for synchronic language research. Therefore, at the very least, contemporary typological, areal, and language contact studies involving Baltic languages should account for data from Latvian. Typologically, Latvian grammar is a classic Indo-European (Baltic) system with well-developed inflection and derivation. However, it also bears certain similarities to the Finno-Ugric languages, which can be reasonably explained by its areal and historical background. This applies, for example, to the mood system and its connections with modality and evidentiality in Latvian, also to the correlation between aspect and quantity as manifested in verbal and nominal (case) forms. The relations between debitive mood, certain constructions with reflexive verbs, and voice in Latvian are intriguing examples of unusual morphosyntactic features. Accordingly, the book focuses on the following topics: case system and declension (with emphasis on the polyfunctionality of case forms), gender, conjugation, tense and personal forms, aspect, mood, modality and evidentiality, reflexive verbs, and voice. The examples included in this book have been taken from the Balanced Corpus of Modern Latvian (Lidzsvarots musdienu latviešu valodas tekstu korpuss, available at www.korpuss.lv), www.google.lv, mass media, and fiction texts (see the List of language sources) without regard to relative frequency ratios.

A Typological Perspective on Latvian Grammar

A Typological Perspective on Latvian Grammar
  • Author : Andra Kalnaca
  • Publisher : Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
  • Release Date : 2014-12-02
  • Total pages : 198
  • ISBN : 3110411318
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Summary : Theoretical studies of Latvian grammar have a great deal to offer to contemporary linguistics. Although traditionally Lithuanian has been the most widely studied Baltic language in diachronic and synchronic linguistics alike, Latvian has a number of distinctive features that can prove valuable both for historical, and perhaps even more so, ...

A Typological Perspective on Latvian Grammar

A Typological Perspective on Latvian Grammar
  • Author : Andra Kalnaca
  • Publisher : Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
  • Release Date : 2014-01-01
  • Total pages : 198
  • ISBN : 3110411318
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Summary : Theoretical studies of Latvian grammar have a great deal to offer to contemporary linguistics. Although traditionally Lithuanian has been the most widely studied Baltic language in diachronic and synchronic linguistics alike, Latvian has a number of distinctive features that can prove valuable both for historical, and perhaps even more so, ...

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  • Publisher : Cambridge Scholars Publishing
  • Release Date : 2018-11-22
  • Total pages : 463
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  • Release Date : 2020-06-08
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Summary : This pioneering research brings a new insight into derivational processes in terms of theory, method and typology. Theoretically, it conceives of derivation as a three-dimensional system. Methodologically, it introduces a range of parameters for the evaluation of derivational networks, including the derivational role, combinability and blocking effects of semantic categories, ...

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  • Release Date : 2001-12-31
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  • Publisher : Oxford University Press on Demand
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