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GLOW 46 (GLOW 2023)

Vienna, 11-15 April 2023

John Benjamins will be virtually present at GLOW 2023. Check out our promotional material and discount order form through the links below. Or come and browse our books at the exhibit. If you wish to talk about our books, your work, and possible publishing projects please get in touch with Anke de Looper anke.delooper at

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A0 – The Lexical Status of Adjectives

Edited by Phoevos Panagiotidis and Moreno Mitrović

This volume brings together seven eminently original attempts to answer a sorely neglected question: What are adjectives? Although the positioning of adjectives as well as aspects of their semantics have been investigated in depth, their actual status as a lexical category has generally been treated superficially in... full description
November 2022. v, 295 pp.
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Approaches to Hungarian

Volume 16: Papers from the 2017 Budapest Conference

Edited by Veronika Hegedűs and Irene Vogel

This volume contains selected papers from the 13th International Conference on the Structure of Hungarian (Budapest, 2017).The contributions address current issues in Hungarian linguistics, including comparisons with other languages (e.g., English, German, Turkish, Arabic, Spanish).Specifically, the phonetics and... full description
April 2020. v, 233 pp.
LA 271
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Arabic Dislocation

Ali A. Alzayid

Since the early years of generative grammar (Chomsky 1977, inter alia), the phenomenology of dislocation has proved to be a fertile area of research. This, however, has not been the case for Modern Standard Arabic (MSA), and hence this thorough monograph intends to fill this lacuna. Three aspects of this linguistic... full description
March 2022. xii, 240 pp.
LA 263
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Beyond Emotions in Language

Psychological verbs at the interfaces

Edited by Bożena Rozwadowska and Anna Bondaruk

This book sheds new light on the puzzle of psychological predicates in a cross-linguistic perspective by looking at them from a variety of angles at the interfaces between event structure, lexical and viewpoint aspect, syntax and information structure. The individual chapters focus on Polish and Spanish psych verbs,... full description
December 2020. xiii, 325 pp.
LA 260
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Brazilian Portuguese, Syntax and Semantics

20 years of Núcleo de Estudos Gramaticais

Edited by Roberta Pires De Oliveira, Ina Emmel and Sandra Quarezemin

This book opens with Angelika Kratzer and Luigi Rizzi talking about contemporary issues, such as non-recursiveness of focus and the semantics of topics. The chapters climb down the spine from the left periphery to DP: the value of subjunctive across the history of German, expressive expressions in Brazilian... full description
May 2020. ix, 216 pp.
LA 267
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Current Issues in Syntactic Cartography

A crosslinguistic perspective

Edited by Fuzhen Si and Luigi Rizzi

This book illustrates recent developments in cartographic studies, seen from a comparative perspective. The different chapters explore various aspects of theoretical and descriptive syntax, bearing on such topics as selection, causativity, binding, light verb constructions, the structure of the high and low peripheral... full description
October 2021. vi, 328 pp.
LA 276
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Discourse Particles

Syntactic, semantic, pragmatic and historical aspects

Edited by Xabier Artiagoitia, Arantzazu Elordieta and Sergio Monforte

Discourse particles have often been treated as a phenomenon restricted to Germanic languages (Abraham 2020) and they still raise questions about their nature as an independent category. This book reveals that this phenomenon exists in other languages as well, and provides evidence for their nature as a separate... full description
May 2022. vi, 258 pp.
LA 278
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From Pseudo-relatives to Causative Constructions

Scandinavian languages as a case study

Mara Frascarelli and Giorgia Di Lorenzo

This volume proposes a novel structural analysis for causative constructions, offering a solution for the long-standing mono/bi-clausal dualism. Causatives are claimed to instantiate a ‘complex object’ construction, insofar as the causee is not only the subject of the lexical verb, but also a participant that is... full description
September 2022. vii, 133 pp.
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Generative SLA in the Age of Minimalism

Features, interfaces, and beyond

Edited by Tania Leal, Elena Shimanskaya and Casilde A. Isabelli

This volume brings together empirical studies and keynote addresses presented at the 15th Generative Approaches to Second Language Acquisition conference hosted by the University of Nevada, Reno in 2019. The studies selected for the volume reflect how the latest developments in generative syntactic theory and... full description
August 2022. vii, 318 pp.
LA 275
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Language Change at the Interfaces

Intrasentential and intersentential phenomena

Edited by Nicholas Catasso, Marco Coniglio and Chiara De Bastiani

This volume offers an up-to-date survey of linguistic phenomena at the interfaces between syntax and prosody, information structure and discourse – with a special focus on Germanic and Romance – and their role in language change. The contributions, set within the generative framework, discuss original data and provide... full description
April 2022. viii, 255 pp.
CILT 354
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Lexicalising Clausal Syntax

The interaction of syntax, the lexicon and information structure in Hungarian

Tibor Laczkó

The book presents a new perspective on clausal syntax and its interactions with lexical and discourse function information by analysing Hungarian sentences. It also demonstrates ways in which grammar engineering implementations can provide insights into how complex linguistic processes interact. It analyses the most... full description
November 2021. xiii, 353 pp.
LA 270
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Non-canonical Control in a Cross-linguistic Perspective

Edited by Anne Mucha, Jutta M. Hartmann and Beata Trawiński

Control, typically defined as a specific referential dependency between the null-subject of a non-finite embedded clause and a co-dependent of the matrix predicate, has been subject to extensive research in the last 50 years. While there is a broad consensus that a distinction between Obligatory Control (OC),... full description
September 2021. v, 290 pp.
SiGL 4
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Norwegian Verb Particles

Leiv Inge Aa

This book aims to explain the syntax and semantics of Norwegian verb particles. While particles have been claimed to be distributed optionally to the left (as LPrt) or right (as RPrt) of an associated DP in the linguistic literature, the dialectologically oriented literature has shown for a long time that many... full description
August 2020. ix, 184 pp.
LA 265
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Past Participle Agreement

A study on the grammaticalization of formal features

Jorge Vega Vilanova

In this book, the traditional definition of ‘grammaticalization’ is challenged in the light of current developments in grammar theory. The main innovation of this approach is the focus on the feature composition of lexical items. From this perspective, the loss of past participle agreement in Catalan is analyzed on... full description
December 2020. xix, 236 pp.
LA 274
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Pseudo-Coordination and Multiple Agreement Constructions

Edited by Giuliana Giusti, Vincenzo Nicolò Di Caro and Daniel Ross

Verbal Pseudo-Coordination (as in English ‘go and get’) has been described for a number of individual languages, but this is the first edited volume to emphasize this topic from a comparative perspective, and in connection to Multiple Agreement Constructions more generally. The chapters include detailed analyses of... full description
March 2022. vii, 342 pp.
LA 258
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Right Peripheral Fragments

Right dislocation and related phenomena in Romance

Javier Fernández-Sánchez

In recent years, a number of authors (De Vries 2009, Truckenbrodt 2015, Ott and de Vries 2016, inter alia) have defended that right dislocations (RD) should be treated as bisentential structures, where the “dislocated” constituent is actually a remnant of a clausal ellipsis operation licensed under identity with an... full description
February 2020. ix, 214 pp.
LA 266
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Romance Interrogative Syntax

Formal and typological dimensions of variation

Caterina Bonan

This monograph offers an innovative understanding of the mechanisms involved in Romance ‘optional’ wh-in situ. New supporting evidence in favour of Cable’s (2010) Grammar of Q is presented, as well as novel implementations of his original theory. In particular, it is claimed that wh-in situ idioms are characterised... full description
March 2021. xiv, 252 pp.
LA 259
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Silently Structured Silent Argument

Yuta Sakamoto

Theoretical linguistics in the generative tradition has payed much attention to issues related to silence ? children know the syntax of silence despite the fact that they do not have direct access to it throughout their language acquisition process. One of the issues that have been hotly discussed regarding silence in... full description
May 2020. xiii, 266 pp.
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Sound, Syntax and Contact in the Languages of Asturias

Edited by Guillermo Lorenzo

This is the first generative-oriented volume ever published about Asturian and Asturian Galician, two Romance languages which, along with their intrinsic interest, are crucial to understand the parametric distance between Spanish and Galician/Portuguese. Its chapters offer new insights about old puzzles, like... full description
March 2022. ix, 218 pp.
LA 264
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Stative Inquiries

Causes, results, experiences, and locations

Alfredo García-Pardo

This monograph studies stative predicates from a neo-constructionist perspective and integrates them in a comprehensive theory of event and argument structure. It focuses on two sets of stative verbs: govern-type verbs and object experiencer psychological verbs. For govern-verbs, it shows how notions such as... full description
November 2020. xiv, 258 pp.
LA 268
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The Syntax of Information-Structural Agreement

Johannes Mursell

In this research monograph, Johannes Mursell discusses the syntactic impact of information-structural features on agreement. So far, the syntactic contribution of this type of feature has mostly been reduced to movement of topics or foci clause-initial position. Here, the author looks at a different phenomenon,... full description
September 2021. xii, 280 pp.
LA 269
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A Theory of Distributed Number

Myriam Dali and Eric Mathieu

The objective of this book is to develop a deeper understanding of the form and interpretation of number. Using insights from Generative syntax and Distributed Morphology, we develop a theory of distributed number, arguing that number can be associated with several functional heads and that these projections exist... full description
August 2021. xi, 153 pp.
LA 277
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Wh-In Situ Licensing in Questions and Sluicing

Jun Abe

This book addresses the question of how in-situ wh-phrases are licensed from a minimalist perspective in which the basic assumptions about narrow syntax need to be reduced to the bare minimum. I propose that in-situ wh-phrases are licensed by way of either minimal Search or covert internal Merge: while in-situ... full description
July 2022. viii, 204 pp.