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Ylikoski, J. (2017). The essive in North Saami. In C. de Groot (Ed.), Typological Studies in Language: Vol 119. Uralic essive and the expression of impermanent state (pp. 217-241). doi: 10.1075/tsl.119.09yli

The essive in North Saami

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Author: Ylikoski, Jussi
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Language: English
Published: John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2017
Publish Date: 2018-01-04


This chapter presents an empirical study of the distribution of a morphological case labelled as the ‘essive’ in North Saami. The description of the properties of this case follows the linguistic questionnaire that captures the contexts in which essive and/or translative markers may occur in the Uralic languages. The study specifically investigates the opposition between permanent and impermanent state in non-verbal predications. The linguistic domains involved are non-verbal main predication, secondary predication, complementation, and manner, temporal, and circumstantial adverbial phrases. The use of the marker in the essive sense (associated with state) is contrasted with its use in expressing the translative sense (associated with change). Finally, the syntactic position of elements marked by this form is discussed in relation to the position of focus constituents.

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Series: Typological studies in language
ISSN: 0167-7373
ISSN-L: 0167-7373
ISBN: 978-90-272-6529-6
ISBN Print: 978-90-272-0700-5
Volume: 119
Pages: 217 - 241
DOI: 10.1075/tsl.119.09yli
Host publication: Uralic essive and the expression of impermanent state
Host publication editor: de Groot, Casper
Type of Publication: A3 Book chapter
Field of Science: 6121 Languages
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