Two major categories of relational words are prepositions and positions,
the difference between them having to do with whether they precede or
follow their object. There is a relatively small group of words of the same
general type which can be placed either before or after their object.
Such words have been given the name ambipositions. A possible (though not
uncontroversial) example from English is through, e.g. he walked through
the forest and he slept the whole night through. Other examples are German
entlang and Ancient Greek peri. This book is a detailed examination of this
unusual type of word.
2 Ambipositions with Simple Behavior
3 Meaning Differences Depending on Position
4 Ambipositions with Case Marking Differences in Different Positions
5 Differences in Types of Complement Allowed
6 Differences in Form of Prepositional and Postpositional Occurrences
7 Ambipositions from an Historical Point of View
8 Conclusion, References.
(with examples from Old and Middle English, French, Dutch, German,
Scandinavian Languages, Latin, Greek, Old Indic Languages, Modern Indic
Languages, Armenian, Baltic Languages, Polish, Estonian, Finnish, other
Finno-Saamic Languages, Hungarian, Old Georgian and Georgian, Berbice Dutch
Creole, Uralic Languages, North Arawak Languages, Vedic, Slovenian, Italic
Languages, Sindhi, Tetelcingo Nahuatl).