The Meaning of Particle / Prefix Constructions in German

| Loyola University New Orleans
ISBN 9789027223883 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
ISBN 9789027283658 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
This is really two books in one: a valuable reference resource, and a groundbreaking case study that represents a new approach to constructional semantics. It presents a detailed descriptive survey, using extensive examples collected from the Internet, of German verb constructions in which the expressions durch (‘through’), über (‘over’), unter (‘under’), and um (‘around’) occur either as inseparable verb prefixes or as separable verb particles. Based on that evidence, the author argues that the prefixed verb constructions and particle verb constructions themselves have meaning, and that this meaning involves subjective construal processes rather than objective information. The constructions prompt us to distribute focal attention according to patterns that can be articulated in terms of Talmy’s notion of “perspectival modes”. Among the other topics that play an important role in the analysis are incremental themes, reflexive trajectors, fictive motion, “multi-directional paths”, and “accusative landmarks”.
[Human Cognitive Processing, 34]  2011.  xiii, 336 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Part I. Introduction and overview
1. Particle / prefix constructions and the study of constructional meaning
2. Route-path expressions and other basic concepts
Part II. Particle verb constructions
3. Intransitive particle verb constructions
4. Particle verbs with accusative FGs
5. UM- verbs and reflexive-trajectors
6. DURCH- verbs with accusative routes
Part III. Prefixed verb constructions
7. Prefixed verbs and holistic paths
8. Prefixed verbs and multi-directional paths
9. Prefixed verb constructions with an implicit LM
Part IV. Comparisons and conclusions
10. Contrasting über- and ÜBER- (and unter- and UNTER-)
11. Contrasting durch- and DURCH-
12. The meaning of the constructions
Index of subjects and names
Index of verbs
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Subjects & Metadata
BIC Subject: CFK – Grammar, syntax
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
ONIX Metadata
ONIX 2.1
ONIX 3.0
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2011031014 | Marc record