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Structural change in georgian: volition, salience and marginal classes

Grant number: 14/03296-0
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Master
Effective date (Start): September 01, 2014
Effective date (End): January 31, 2016
Field of knowledge:Linguistics, Literature and Arts - Linguistics - Linguistic Theory and Analysis
Acordo de Cooperação: Coordination of Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES)
Principal Investigator:Paulo Chagas de Souza
Grantee:Priscila Lima Pirini
Host Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (FFLCH). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil


Different groups of verbs or marginal verb classes, as we call them, represent a limited number of verbs in georgian that have structural peculiarities that deviate, in one way or another, from the dominant pattern represented by major verb classes in which they are usually classified, since they are at the threshold between major morphosyntactic constructions, diachronically and synchronically. It is argued that, compared to the largest and most productive verb classes, these smaller groups of verbs also reveal quite specific tendencies within the language, particularly by showing different mappings and relations in their structure. Therefore, based on the theoretical framework known by the broad term Cognitive Linguistics, we seek to understand and explain - by providing the necessary relations between those constructions that point to less and more prototypical and productive tendencies - how formal changes seen in these verb groups in particular - e. g. changes in argument structure, increase or deletion of arguments, change in case marking of arguments etc. - reflect and structure distinct ways and processes of signification and, therefore, to understand the nature of these different significations. (AU)

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PIRINI, Priscila Lima. Marginal constructions in Georgian: an analysis under the framework of Cognitive Linguistics. 2016. Master's Dissertation - Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (FFLCH/SBD) São Paulo.

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