Julian Rentzsch

Julian Rentzsch Modality in the Turkic Languages

Modality in the Turkic Languages

Form and Meaning from a Historical and Comparative Perspective

Studien zur Sprache, Geschichte und Kultur der Turkvölker 18

Klaus Schwarz Verlag
Sprache: Englisch
1. Auflage ()
Hardcover, 315 Seiten
ISBN 9783879974474

The Turkic language family features a wealth of expres­sions of moda­lity, with large inven­to­ries of items within indi­vi­dual languages and cons­i­de­rable cross-lingu­istic varia­tion. Taking the hier­archy of scope between diffe­rent modal classes and their link to neigh­bo­ring cate­go­ries as a star­ting point for a basic clas­si­fi­ca­tion, the study focuses on the internal semantic subdi­vi­sion of three major classes of moda­lity toge­ther with repre­sen­ta­tive formal expres­sions of the semantic classes from nume­rous modern and pre-modern Turkic languages. The evolu­tion of parti­cular forms and under­lying abstract struc­ture types and their disse­mi­na­tion throug­hout the Turkic languages are inves­ti­gated as well as the major semantic changes that can be observed in diachrony. The paths of conven­tio­na­liza­tion iden­ti­fied within Turkic are compared against universal paths of gram­mati­ca­liza­tion docu­mented in the lingu­istics lite­ra­ture.
This compre­hen­sive synchronic and diachronic survey iden­ti­fies the common basic para­me­ters of Turkic moda­lity systems, provides an insight into the intra- and cross-lingu­istic diver­sity, and offers new perspec­tives for further rese­arch into this hitherto little-studied domain.