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Set of basic adpositions

From:R A Brown <ray@...>
Date:Sunday, November 9, 2008, 17:32
Hi all!

On page 87 of "Describing Morphosyntax", Thomas Payne wrote: "The set of
basic adpositions in most languages is rather small, consisting of
perhaps five or six forms."

But he gave no examples or any indication what such a small set might
consist of. Instead he goes onto examine English which "is unusually
rich in basic prepositions."

I've tried Googling to see if any body does give anything like sets of
basic adpositions commonly found in languages. But my searches have not
come up with anything yet. Does any one know of any such list(s)?

Frustra fit per plura quod potest
fieri per pauciora.
[William of Ockham]


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