The Function of Function Words and Functional Categories
This volume brings together papers which address a range of issues regarding the syntax of function words and functional categories in the Germanic languages. The works offered in this volume derive specifically from comparative studies of Germanic; at the same time they all bear directly on long-standing problems in syntactic theory and universal grammar. The contributions include novel theoretical and empirical approaches to infinitives, the syntax and acquisition of Verb Second, the structure and interpretation of present tense, the syntax and semantics of reflexives, the relationship between expletive syntax and the EPP, the syntax of possession, and the DP-internal syntax of pronouns. Some contributions present the results of experimental research which provide an entirely fresh perspective on previously unchallenged claims.
[Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today, 78] 2005. vii, 292 pp.
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Table of Contents
Acknowledgements | p. vii
Introduction: The Function of Function Words and Functional CategoriesMarcel den Dikken and Christina Tortora | pp. 1–10
Verb second as a function of MergeC. Jan-Wouter Zwart | pp. 11–40
Nonnative acquisition of Verb Second: On the empirical underpinnings of universal L2 claimsUte Bohnacker | pp. 41–77
Clause Union and Clausal PositionJosef Bayer, Tanja Schmid and Markus Bader | pp. 79–113
Explaining ExplMarc Richards and Theresa Biberauer | pp. 115–153
Reflexives in contexts of reduced valency: German vs. DutchMarika Lekakou | pp. 155–185
Simple TenseGuido Vanden Wyngaerd | pp. 187–215
Possessor licensing, definiteness and case in ScandinavianMarit Julien | pp. 217–249
Pronouns are Determiners After AllDorian Roehrs | pp. 251–285
“I enjoyed reading this exciting book as thoroughly as very few collective volumes in recent years. To start with the basics, the solid and firm hand of the two editors shows through the impeccable editing throughout the book: from the selection of the papers included to the impressive absence of formatting discrepancies and typos.”
Phoevos Panagiotidis, Department of Humanities, Cyprus College, on Linguist List 17.799 , 2006
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