Adverb Licensing and Clause Structure in English
Dagmar Haumann | Universität Mannheim
This monograph provides an in-depth investigation of the structural integration and the licensing of adverbs in relation to clause structure, with special emphasis on the structural implementation of the relation between the position and interpretation of adverbs. The book substantiates the hypothesis that the licensing of adverbs within and across the three layers of the clause is contingent on specifier-head agreement and that variation in the linear order of adverbs and other elements of the clause follows from the interplay of a small number of factors. The central claims made are: functional projections hosting adverbs are not confined to the inflectional and complementizer layer of the clause, but also play a central role in the shaping of the lexical layer; postverbal adverbs are realized within a semantically empty verbal projection and licensed under specifier head agreement by proxy; and adverbs that occur within the complementizer layer of the clause do so by either move or merge.
[Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today, 105] 2007. ix, 435 pp.
Publishing status: Available
© John Benjamins Publishing Company
Table of Contents
1. Introduction and Overview | pp. 1–15
1.1 Adverbs as an Empirical Domain of Investigation — The Problems
1.2 Central Issues in Syntax and Semantics of Adverbs
2. Proposals Regarding the Structural Integration and Licensing of Adverbs | pp. 16–112
2.1 Adverb Licensing in the Theory of Government and Binding and the Theory of Principles and Parameters
2.2 Adverb Licensing in the Minimalist Program and Antisymmetry of Syntax
2.3 Semantic Scope
3. Adverbs within the Lexical Layer | pp. 113–186
3.1 VP Shells, Overt Object Shift and Split VP
3.2 The Distribution and Licensing of Adverbs within the Lexical Layer
4. Adverbs within the Inflectional Layer, Mostly | pp. 187–326
4.1 The Projections of Non-Lexical Verbs
4.2 The Projection of Sentential Negation
4.3 The Distribution and Licensing of Adverbs in the Inflectional Layer
5. Adverbs within the Complementizer Layer, Mostly | pp. 327–400
5.1 Raising to the Left Periphery
5.2 The Distribution and Licensing of Adverbs within the Complementizer Layer
6. General Conclusion | pp. 401–413
Index | pp. 432–435
“ Adverb Licensing and Clause Structure in English is an important book that anyone interested in clause structure and in the syntax and distribution of various adverb types (in English) should try to find the time to read.”
Fabian Beiier , Lund University, in the Journal of Linguistics Vol. 44, 2008
“I would definitely recommend Haumann’s book to anyone who is interested in adverb licensing. It would be difficult to do any research on the topic now without first perusing it. A more general reader with little knowledge of government and binding theory may find it a hard read, however it is worth the challenge if you want to understand the intricacies of adverbs. All in all, a stimulating read.”
Wilfrid Rotgé, Université Paris-Ouest Nanterre-La Défense , in Cercles, 2012http://www.cercles.com/review/r58/Haumann.html
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Main BIC Subject
CFK: Grammar, syntax
Main BISAC Subject
LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General