Issues in Formal German(ic) Typology

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| University of Groningen
ISBN 9789027227669 (Eur) | EUR 130.00
ISBN 9781588111029 (USA) | USD 195.00
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This book takes up a variety of general syntactic topics, which either yield different solutions in German, in particular, or which lead to different conclusions for theory formation. One of the main topics is the fact that languages that allow for extensive scrambling between the two verbal poles, V-2 and V-last, need to integrate discourse functions like thema and rhema into the grammatical description. This is attempted, in terms of Minimalism, thus extending the functional domain. Special attention is given to the asymmetrical scrambling behavior of indefinites vs. definites and their semantic interpretation. Related topics are: Transitive expletive sentences, types of existential sentences with either BE or HAVE, the that-trace phenomenon and its semantics, negative polarity items, ellipsis and gapping, passivization, double negation — all of which have extensive effects both on distributional behavior and semantic disambiguation, reaching far beyond effects observable in English with its rigid, ‘un-scrambable’ word order.
[Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today, 45]  2002.  xviii, 336 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Contributors’ addresses
Werner Abraham
German clause structure under discourse functional weight: Focus and antifocus
Werner Abraham and László Molnárfi
On the co-occurrence of expletives and definite subjects in Germanic
Cedric Boeckx
Reconsidering identificational focus
Jocelyn Cohan
Decomposing existence: Evidence from Germanic
Christine Czinglar
Polarity items in English and Danish
Britta Jensen
The argument-time structure of recipient constructions in German
Wolfgang Klein
Scrambling and reference in German
Juergen Lenerz
Attributive adjectives in Germanic and Romance
Enrique Mallén
Die Negationsklammer im Afrikaans: Mehrfachnegation aus formaler und funktionaler Sicht
László Molnárfi
On the syntax and semantics of verb-complement constructions that involve ‘creation’: A comparative study in Greek and German
Athina Sioupi
Wh-expletives and partial wh -movement: Two non-existing concepts?
Wolfgang Sternefeld
Phases in the derivation of elliptical coordinate constructions in Germanic
John R. te Velde
“This fine collection of papers unravels interesting properties of German(ic) and beyond. This volume can be heartily recommended to all researchers of any of the major topics discussed here (partly identified in the title). The volume is a welcome addition to the study of Germanic languages, especially, especially with regard to variation, as it contains intelligent discussions and astute analyses.”
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