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  • Certainty-uncertainty ? and the Attitudinal Space in Betweenby Sibilla Cantarini; Werner Abraham; Elisabeth Leiss

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2014; US$ 149.00

    Religious belief is an emotional attitude that is not based on a “certain” experience. Adolescence is a very uncertain stage of life and an unstable faith can mirror this turbulence. The aim of this work is to investigate the discursive construction of religious experience in late adolescence. We asked 230 university students to write about... more...

  • Valence, Semantic Case, and Grammatical Relationsby Werner Abraham

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 1978; US$ 188.00

    The papers in this volume have been grouped in three thematic parts: Valence which plays a key concept in the syntactic classification of verbs and adjectives, provides a necessary link for decoding and encoding grammatical relations, and is an important requisite for the evaluation of formal languages for the purpose of describing and explaining phenomena... more...

  • Discourse Particlesby Werner Abraham

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 1991; US$ 173.00

    This book is about particles in the narrower sense of the word as opposed to the broader meaning covering all uninflected words of a language. In the narrower meaning of the linguistic term particles can be distinguished between logical, or scalar particles and modal, or pragmatic particles. The semantic, pragmatic and syntactic properties of modal... more...

  • On the Formal Syntax of the Westgermaniaby Werner Abraham

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 1983; US$ 158.00

    It has often been noted that Dutch (and Frisian) reflects a particular stage of development between German and English. Phonologically, syntactically and morphologically, Dutch and German are closely related languages. Yet, there remain sufficient morphosyntactic differences in terms of language development. The contributions of this collection focus... more...

  • The Composition of Meaningby Alice ter Meulen; Werner Abraham

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2004; US$ 149.00

    In the modular design of generative theory the syntax?semantics interface has accounted all along for meanings at the level of Logical Form. The syntax?pragmatics interface, on the other hand, is the result of what one may call the ?pragmatic turn? in the linguistic theory, where content is partitioned into given and new information. In other words,... more...

  • Issues in Formal German(ic) Typologyby Werner Abraham; Jan-Wouter Zwart

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2002; US$ 195.00

    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... more...

  • Modality?Aspect Interfacesby Werner Abraham; Elisabeth Leiss

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2008; US$ 165.00

    The main topics pursued in this volume are based on empirical insights derived from Germanic: logical and typological dispositions about aspect-modality links. These are probed in a variety of non-related languages. The logically establishable links are the following: Modal verbs are aspect sensitive in the selection of their infinitival complements... more...

  • Passivization and Typologyby Werner Abraham; Larisa Leisiö

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2006; US$ 218.00

    Is the passive a unified universal phenomenon? The claim derived from this volume is that the passive, if not universal, has become unified according to function. Language as a means of communication needs the passive, or passive-like constructions, and sooner or later develops them based on other voices (impersonal active, middle, reflexive), specific... more...

  • Präteritumschwund und Diskursgrammatikby Werner Abraham; C. Jac Conradie

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2001; US$ 98.00

    This work demonstrates that what is commonly called ‘preterite decay in Upper German’ (PS; cf. German Präteritumschwund ) is in fact a phenomenon common to a great number of European languages, all of which are in areal con-tact. However, the conclusion that this is a phenomenon arising under areal influence appears clearly mistaken... more...

  • Studies in Comparative Germanic Syntaxby Jan-Wouter Zwart; Werner Abraham

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2002; US$ 203.00

    This volume presents a collection of articles reporting on new research carried out within the theoretical framework of generative grammar on the comparative syntax of the Germanic languages. Divided in four main sections, the book focuses on issues of subordination and complementation (with emphasis on German/Dutch and Danish), displacement phenomena... more...