This book is a collection of articles which deal with adpositions in a variety of languages and from a number of perspectives. Not only does the book cover what is traditionally treated in studies from a European and Semitic orientation - prepositions, but it presents studies on postpositions, too. The main languages dealt with in the collection are English, French and Hebrew, but there are articles devoted to other languages including Korean, Turkic languages, Armenian, Russian and Ukrainian. Adpositions are treated by some authors from a semantic perspective, by others as syntactic units, and a third group of authors distinguishes adpositions from the point of view of their pragmatic function. This work is of interest to students and researchers in theoretical and applied linguistics, as well as to those who have a special interest in any of the languages treated.
1. Introduction (by Kurzon, Dennis); 2. The contributors; 3. French compound prepositions, prepositional locutions and prepositional phrases in the scope of the absolute use (by Adler, Silvia); 4. "Over the hills and far away" or "far away over the hills": English place adverb phrases and place prepositional phrases in tandem? (by Allerton, David J.); 5. Structures with omitted prepositions: Semantic and pragmatic motivations (by Bar-Aba, Esther Borochovsky); 6. A closer look at the Hebrew Construct and free locative PPs: The analysis of mi-locatives (by Botwinik-Rotem, Irena); 7. Pragmatics of prepositions: A study of the French connectives pour le coup and du coup (by Cadiot, Pierre); 8. Particles and postpositions in Korean (by Choi-Jonin, Injoo); 9. French prepositions a and de in infinitival complements: A pragma-semantic analysis (by Fraczak, Lidia); 10. Prepositional wars: When ideology defines preposition (by Krivoruchko, Julia G.); 11. "Ago" and its grammatical status in English and in other languages (by Kurzon, Dennis); 12. Case marking of Turkic adpositional objects (by Libert, Alan); 13. The logic of addition: Changes in the meaning of the Hebrew preposition im ("with"). (by Sovran, Tamar); 14. A monosemic view of polysemic prepositions (by Tobin, Yishai); 15. The development of Classical Armenian prepositions and its implications for universals of language change (by Wilhelm, Christopher); 16. Author index; 17. Languages index; 18. Subject index