The Order of Prepositional Phrases in the Structure of the Clause

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For a long time prepositions seemed to enjoy a clandestine status in linguistic research. This has changed with a novel path of inquiry into the inner structure of complex prepositional expressions. In a unique approach to the examination of the outer syntax of prepositions the author uses established and new syntactic and statistical tests to achieve a convincing hierarchy of thematic roles expressed by prepositional phrases. From an antisymmetric point of departure the author presents an overview of possible derivations that result in the observed different word orders of PPs in VO and OV languages. It leads to a refreshing new proposal of how to include morphology into syntax. The plausibility of this model is underscored by a wide range of explanatory data. This book is indispensable for linguists interested in the syntax of modifiers.
[Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today, 83]  2005.  xii, 338 pp.
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Table of Contents
Acknowledgements
ix
List of Abbreviations
xi
1. Introduction
1–3
2. Arguments and modifiers
5–45
3. The order of PPs in German — empirical observations
47–132
4. Restrictions on structure and movement
133–170
5. Affixes in syntax
171–238
6. Syntactic analysis of the surface word order of PPs
239–322
7. Conclusion
323–324
References
325–327
Name index
329
Language index
331
Subject index
333
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Subjects
BIC Subject: CF – Linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2005048266