The Meaning of Particle / Prefix Constructions in German
Robert B. Dewell | Loyola University New Orleans
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
© John Benjamins Publishing Company
Table of Contents
Preface | p. xiii
Part I. Introduction and overview
1. Particle / prefix constructions and the study of constructional meaning | pp. 3–22
2. Route-path expressions and other basic concepts | pp. 23–31
Part II. Particle verb constructions
3. Intransitive particle verb constructions | pp. 35–56
4. Particle verbs with accusative FGs | pp. 57–76
5. UM- verbs and reflexive-trajectors | pp. 77–104
6. DURCH- verbs with accusative routes | pp. 105–128
Part III. Prefixed verb constructions
7. Prefixed verbs and holistic paths | pp. 131–161
8. Prefixed verbs and multi-directional paths | pp. 163–208
9. Prefixed verb constructions with an implicit LM | pp. 209–242
Part IV. Comparisons and conclusions
10. Contrasting über- and ÜBER- (and unter- and UNTER-) | pp. 245–261
11. Contrasting durch- and DURCH- | pp. 263–297
12. The meaning of the constructions | pp. 299–317
Index of subjects and names | pp. 325–327
Index of verbs | pp. 329–336
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Main BIC Subject
CFK: Grammar, syntax
Main BISAC Subject
LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number: 2011031014 | Marc record