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Innocent bystander: the loss of the indefinite pronoun man

Bettelou Los

in The Rise of the To-Infinitive

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199274765
eISBN:
9780191705885
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199274765.003.0010
Subject:
Linguistics, Historical Linguistics

This chapter presents an account of an unexpected victim of both the rise of the to-infinitive and the loss of verb-second: the ‘ultra-indefinite’ pronoun man. Two factors almost completely destroyed ... More


Formal and Functional Types of Indefinite Pronoun

Martin Haspelmath

in Indefinite Pronouns

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2017
ISBN:
9780198235606
eISBN:
9780191851971
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198235606.003.0003
Subject:
Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology, Language Families

This chapter examines formal and functional types of indefinite pronoun. It first presents some examples of different indefinite pronoun series in a variety of languages, focusing on a formal element ... More


Overview

Martin Haspelmath

in Indefinite Pronouns

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2017
ISBN:
9780198235606
eISBN:
9780191851971
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198235606.003.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology, Language Families

This book examines the connections between the formal and functional (semantic and syntactic) properties of indefinite pronouns. It considers the main theoretical debates surrounding the semantic and ... More


Further Sources of Indefinite Pronouns

Martin Haspelmath

in Indefinite Pronouns

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2017
ISBN:
9780198235606
eISBN:
9780191851971
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198235606.003.0007
Subject:
Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology, Language Families

This chapter focuses on diachronic sources of indefinite pronouns that cannot be easily subsumed under grammaticalization. It first considers indefinite pronouns marked by scalar focus particles such ... More


Indefinite Pronouns

Martin Haspelmath

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2017
ISBN:
9780198235606
eISBN:
9780191851971
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198235606.001.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology, Language Families

Most of the world's languages have indefinite pronouns, that is, expressions such as someone, anything, and nowhere. This book presents an encyclopaedic investigation of indefinite pronouns in the ... More


A Typological Perspective on Indefinite Pronouns

Martin Haspelmath

in Indefinite Pronouns

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2017
ISBN:
9780198235606
eISBN:
9780191851971
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198235606.003.0002
Subject:
Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology, Language Families

This chapter examines the goals and methods of a typological perspective on indefinite pronouns. It begins with an overview of language typology and the reasons why typological research is very ... More


The Grammaticalization of Indefinite Pronouns

Martin Haspelmath

in Indefinite Pronouns

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2017
ISBN:
9780198235606
eISBN:
9780191851971
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198235606.003.0006
Subject:
Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology, Language Families

This chapter discusses the grammaticalization of indefinite pronouns, focusing on the ways in which such pronouns arise and change over time in different languages and the regularities in these ... More


Theoretical Approaches to the Functions of Indefinite Pronouns

Martin Haspelmath

in Indefinite Pronouns

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2017
ISBN:
9780198235606
eISBN:
9780191851971
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198235606.003.0005
Subject:
Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology, Language Families

This chapter focuses on various theoretical approaches to the semantic and syntactic functions of indefinite pronouns. It begins with a discussion of structuralist semantics, which suggests that ... More


Negative Indefinite Pronouns

Martin Haspelmath

in Indefinite Pronouns

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2017
ISBN:
9780198235606
eISBN:
9780191851971
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198235606.003.0008
Subject:
Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology, Language Families

This chapter examines the typology of negative indefinite pronouns, with particular emphasis on their relation with other indefinites. It first considers the received taxonomy of negated indefinites, ... More


Conclusions

Martin Haspelmath

in Indefinite Pronouns

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2017
ISBN:
9780198235606
eISBN:
9780191851971
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198235606.003.0009
Subject:
Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology, Language Families

This book has explored indefinite pronouns in the world's languages in order to identify cross-linguistic generalizations. The study of indefinite pronouns has important implications for semantics, ... More


An Implicational Map for Indefinite Pronoun Functions

Martin Haspelmath

in Indefinite Pronouns

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2017
ISBN:
9780198235606
eISBN:
9780191851971
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198235606.003.0004
Subject:
Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology, Language Families

This chapter describes a two-dimensional implicational map for representing nine functions of indefinite pronouns. It first considers indefiniteness markers as grammatical categories, the ... More


Pronominal and indefinite structures

Martin Maiden, Adina Dragomirescu, Gabriela Pană Dindelegan, Oana Uță Bărbulescu, and Rodica Zafiu

in The Oxford History of Romanian Morphology

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9780198829485
eISBN:
9780191867989
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198829485.003.0003
Subject:
Linguistics, Historical Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology

What are the nature and the history of the distinction between stressed and clitic pronouns? What are the morphological characteristics of clitics and combinations of clitics? How did morphological ... More


Definiteness and related concepts

Philomen Probert

in Early Greek Relative Clauses

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780198713821
eISBN:
9780191790362
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198713821.003.0005
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

Chapter 5 gives an introduction to definiteness, indefiniteness, and related concepts, and aims to dispel confusion that is often caused by contradictory uses of some relevant terms—not least the ... More


Pronouns

Gerjan van Schaaik

in The Oxford Turkish Grammar

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780198851509
eISBN:
9780191886102
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198851509.003.0007
Subject:
Linguistics, Phonetics / Phonology, Syntax and Morphology

Besides an outline of how interrogative pronouns (those for people, things, location, reason, purpose, quality, quantity, etc.), personal, and demonstrative pronouns are inflected and used, a ... More


Pronouns: Farenmyn

in Practical Manx

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9781846311314
eISBN:
9781781380680
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/UPO9781846315596.004
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

This chapter discusses Manx pronouns. It discusses personal pronouns; possessive pronouns/particles; alternative construction when the object is a pronoun; emphatic forms; indefinite pronouns; and ... More


Specific and epistemic indefinites in Latin

Chiara Gianollo

in Indefinites between Latin and Romance

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
December 2018
ISBN:
9780198812661
eISBN:
9780191850448
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198812661.003.0002
Subject:
Linguistics, Historical Linguistics, Semantics and Pragmatics

This chapter introduces and motivates the research topics. The centrality of indefinite pronouns and determiners for a number of theoretical questions concerning the grammar of nominal phrases is ... More


Negation in the history of Italo-Romance

Mair Parry

in The History of Negation in the Languages of Europe and the Mediterranean: Volume I Case Studies

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199602537
eISBN:
9780191758164
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199602537.003.0003
Subject:
Linguistics, Historical Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology

This chapter sets out the emergence of the immense range of variation found in the ways of expressing negation in the varieties/dialects of Italy. New markers of negation have emerged from a wide ... More


The nominal system

D. Gary Miller

in The Oxford Gothic Grammar

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
June 2019
ISBN:
9780198813590
eISBN:
9780191851438
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198813590.003.0003
Subject:
Linguistics, Historical Linguistics

Nouns are inflected for gender (masculine, feminine, neuter), number (singular and plural), and case: nominative, accusative, genitive, dative. Except in -u- stems, the vocative has the form of the ... More


Indefinites between Latin and Romance

Chiara Gianollo

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
December 2018
ISBN:
9780198812661
eISBN:
9780191850448
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198812661.001.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Historical Linguistics, Semantics and Pragmatics

This work follows the syntactic and semantic development of some indefinite pronouns and determiners between Latin and Romance. The history of elements of the functional lexicon such as Latin quidam ... More


Cycling through diachrony

Anne Breitbarth, Lieven Danckaert, Elisabeth Witzenhausen, and Miriam Bouzouita

in Cycles in Language Change

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
November 2019
ISBN:
9780198824961
eISBN:
9780191863608
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198824961.003.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Historical Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology

The notion of ‘linguistic cycle’ has long been recognized as being relevant to the description of many processes of language change. This introduction deals with different phenomena of cyclical ... More


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