ERIC Number: ED392285
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Danish Passives and Subject Positions as a Mood System--A Content Analysis; and Paradigmatic Structure, Word Order and Grammaticalization. ROLIG-Papir 54.
Heltoft, Lars; Jakobsen, Lisbeth Falster
Two papers on linguistic theory are presented. The first examines the relationship between two subsystems of Danish grammar: (1) the morphology and meaning of the two passives (a morphological passive and a periphrastic passive); and (2) the word order rules and meanings attached to indefinite subjects, irrespective of voice. It is claimed that despite traditional analyses and views, these two subsystems are intimately related in their content structures. Some implications for other Scandinavian languages are also found. The second paper suggests the need for refining the concept of paradigmatic structure in functionally-oriented linguistics, with the addition of paradigms. The history of the mediopassive structure is examined to illustrate the structure-boundness of grammaticalization processes and the dynamic character of any synchronic state of a language. A structural, content-based view of grammaticality and of grammaticalization processes is proposed, with the inclusion of semantically significant word order phenomena into grammar. Each paper contains references. (MSE)
Descriptors: Danish, Diachronic Linguistics, Foreign Countries, Grammar, Language Patterns, Language Research, Linguistic Theory, Morphology (Languages), Syntax, Uncommonly Taught Languages, Word Order
ROLIG, hus 03.2.4, Roskilde University Center, Postbox 260, DK-4000 Roskilde, Denmark; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Roskilde Univ. Center (Denmark).