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Pseudopartitives in Norwegian

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Show simple item record Kinn, Torodd 2008-02-14T13:14:00Z 2008-02-14T13:14:00Z 2001-12-14
dc.identifier.isbn 82-497-0051-1 (print version)
dc.description.abstract The dissertation investigates Norwegian pseudopartitive constructions like 'a cup of tea', 'three kilometres of road', and 'thousands of students'. A quantifying noun or denominal quantifier in -vis denotes a quantity, and a substance noun denotes something which has that quantity. The parts of the nominal may be juxtaposed or linked with either of the prepositions 'with' and 'of'. Chapters 1 to 3 are an introduction and sketches of central theoretical notions and of Norwegian nominals. Chapter 4 is a detailed analysis of the Norwegian numeral system, with a focus on additive and multiplicative constructions. Chapter 5 contains a taxonomy of quantifying nouns and a section arguing for the recognition of a class of denominal quantifiers in -vis. Chapter 6 discusses the first main question: What determines whether juxtaposition, 'with', or 'of' is used? Corpora of newspaper texts and novels provide a foundation for the discussion. It is argued that there is an iconic relation between presence and absence of a preposition. Absence (juxtaposition) corresponds to conceptual unity. Presence of a preposition corresponds to a higher degree of conceptual distance. The choice between 'with' and 'of' is shown to be based on competing metaphors of quantity: of accompaniment, containment, and material constitution, respectively. Chapter 7 discusses the second main question: Which constituent is the head of the phrase -- the quantifying noun / quantifier in -vis or the substance noun? Many pseudopartitives are ambiguous, which is argued to depend on a choice of profile. There has partly been a diachronic development of reanalysis and grammaticalization, which implies a profile shift in the direction of the substance. Chapter 8 concludes the dissertation. en
dc.language.iso eng en
dc.publisher The University of Bergen en
dc.rights All rights reserved. en
dc.subject Quantifier en
dc.subject Numeral en
dc.subject Preposition en
dc.subject Metaphor en
dc.subject Iconicity en
dc.subject Grammaticalization en
dc.title Pseudopartitives in Norwegian en
dc.type Doctoral thesis en
dc.subject.nsi VDP::Humaniora: 000::Språkvitenskapelige fag: 010 no
dc.rightsHolder Kinn, Torodd

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