Middle Voice

A comparative study in the syntax-semantics interface of German

| Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
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This book offers a completely new analysis of the syntax and semantics of transitive reflexive sentences in German, which is embedded in the major phenomenon of the middle voice in Indo-European languages. It integrates the interpretation of non-argument reflexives into a modified version of recent theories of binding. The ambiguity of the reflexive pronoun is derived at the interface between syntax and semantics and does not rely on additional lexical or syntactic rules of argument suppression and argument promotion. This shift towards the semantic interpretation of syntactic arguments enables the author to offer a unified analysis of the middle, the anticausative and the reflexive interpretations. Furthermore, the crucial distinction between structural and oblique case forms is discussed and it is illustrated how specific properties of middle constructions such as adverbial modification or subject responsibility can be related to the generic interpretation of middle constructions.
[Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today, 50]  2002.  xii, 340 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Acknowledgments
ix
List of abbreviations
xi
1. Introduction
1–16
2. Middle constructions and middle voice: What does a middle look like?
17–72
3. Lexical and syntactic approaches to middle formation
73–128
4. The syntax of transitive reflexive sentences: Word order, coordination, focus, and fronting
129–175
5. The interpretation of reflexive pronouns in German
177–227
6. Suppressed arguments and dative objects
229–265
7. Middle constructions revisited
267–298
8. Conclusion
299–308
References
309–325
Subject index
327–337
“My overall evaluation is positive. The book reads easily. The book is necessary reading for everyone interested in reflexivity, middle voice, middle constructions and German grammar.”
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BIC Subject: CF – Linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2002016438