A typological approach to the prepositions of, from, off and about in the diachronic and synchronic perspective

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The article examines the preposition of as contrasted with off from and about . The semantic structure of these words is treated within the framework of the main typological characteristic of the English language, which is an analytical one. This approach explains the meaning of of, off from and about as resulting from the loss of inflected forms and morphology. These prepositions differ as discrete and diffusive ones.

A B Kostromin

Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia

Email: costromin@yandex.ru
Chair of Foreign Languages Law Faculty

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