The Evolution of the Slavic Dual: A Biolinguistic Perspective

Author:   Tatyana G. Slobodchikoff
Publisher:   Lexington Books
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9781498579247


Pages:   172
Publication Date:   04 October 2019
Format:   Hardback
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The Evolution of the Slavic Dual: A Biolinguistic Perspective


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The dual number in Slavic has always puzzled linguists. In some Slavic languages, such as Russian, there is no dual number; there are only two categories of number, singular and plural. However, some Slavic languages, such as Slovenian, have three distinct categories of number: singular (1); dual (2); and plural (3 or more). Considering that all Slavic languages have evolved from a common Proto Slavic language, it is puzzling that there is such a difference in the category of number. In The Evolution of the Slavic Dual: A Biolinguistic Perspective, Tatyana G. Slobodchikoff explains the evolution of the category of number in Slavic languages. With the aid of tools from biolinguistics, Slobodchikoff develops a new theory of morphosyntactic feature economy within the distributed morphology framework. This is the first study to use a biolinguistic approach to the evolution of Slavic languages. Using newly digitized corpora of Old East Slavic, Old Slovenian, and Old Sorbian manuscripts spanning from the eleventh century through the present time, this book presents a complete analysis of the evolution of dual number in Slavic languages.

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Author:   Tatyana G. Slobodchikoff
Publisher:   Lexington Books
Imprint:   Lexington Books
Dimensions:   Width: 15.80cm , Height: 1.90cm , Length: 23.20cm
Weight:   0.440kg
ISBN:  

9781498579247


ISBN 10:   1498579248
Pages:   172
Publication Date:   04 October 2019
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Professional & Vocational
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction Chapter 2: The Problem of the Slavic Dual from a Diachronic Perspective Chapter 3: The Slavic Dual from a Typological Perspective Chapter 4: Derivation of the Slavic Dual in Distributed Morphology Chapter 5: The Slavic Dual and Number Theory Chapter 6: Morphosyntactic Feature Economy and Reanalysis Chapter 7: Conclusion Appendix A: Abbreviations Appendix B: Orthographical Systems and Transliteration Symbols

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There have already been multiple contributions to questions dealing with the category of dual in Slavic, and it is indeed difficult to say something new in this area of Slavic studies. However, using the principle of Morphosyntactic Feature Economy as the theoretical framework, Tatyana G. Slobodchikoff has succeeded in reaching insightful conclusions concerning the development of the Slavic dual. This monograph will prove indispensable for those who are interested in the evolution of the grammatical category of number in Slavic and beyond.--Motoki Nomachi, Hokkaido University Evolution of the Slavic Dual: A Biolinguistic Perspective covers a wide range of cross-linguistic data from diachronic and synchronic perspectives in a very accessible format so that readers will have a thorough understanding of the spread and decline of the dual number in Slavic languages such as Old Church Slavonic, Old Russian, and Kashubian. The presentation of theoretical and empirical material includes a great number of charts, tables, figures, and other illustrations, which greatly contributes to the comprehensibility of the dense linguistic material. This book appeals to anybody interested in the evolution of Slavic morpho-syntax as well as to a wide audience of scholars and specialists in theoretical and applied linguistics worldwide. It is a must-have reference for those who want to further explore the theoretical aspects of the dual number in natural languages.--Leila Lomashvili, Shawnee State University


Evolution of the Slavic Dual: A Biolinguistic Perspective covers a wide range of cross-linguistic data from diachronic and synchronic perspectives in a very accessible format so that readers will have a thorough understanding of the spread and decline of the Dual number in Slavic languages such as Old Church Slavonic, Old Russian, and Kashubian. The presentation of theoretical and empirical material includes a great number of charts, tables, figures, and other illustrations, which greatly contributes to the comprehensibility of the dense linguistic material. This book appeals to anybody interested in the evolution of Slavic morpho-syntax as well as to a wide audience of scholars and specialists in theoretical and applied linguistics worldwide. It is a must-have reference for those who want to further explore the theoretical aspects of the Dual number in natural languages.--Leila Lomashvili, Shawnee State University


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Tatyana G. Slobodchikoff is lecturer of English at Troy University.

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