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  • Beyond Coherenceby Vera Lee-Schoenfeld

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2007; US$ 158.00

    The overarching theme of this volume is one of the central concerns of syntactic theory: How local is syntax, and what are the measures of syntactic locality? It is argued here that movement and anaphoric relations are governed by a unified concept of locality: the phase. On an empirical level, Beyond Coherence brings together three strands of research... more...

  • Extraction Asymmetriesby Tanja Kiziak

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2010; US$ 158.00

    This monograph addresses divergent views in the linguistic literature on whether German displays the that -trace effect and other subject/object asymmetries commonly found for long extractions in English and other languages. Using newly developed rating methodologies, the author exposes consistent and robust subject/object asymmetries in German –... more...

  • Focus Particles in Germanby Stefan Sudhoff

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2010; US$ 158.00

    This study explores the grammar of focus particles in German. It gives a thorough description and analysis of focus particle constructions and links their syntactic, semantic, and information structural properties to their prosodic characteristics. The study also shows that focus particles present a particularly well-suited subject for the investigation... more...

  • Studies in West Frisian Grammarby Germen J. de Haan; Jarich Hoekstra; Willem Visser; Goffe Jensma

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2010; US$ 158.00

    In this paper we will present an alternative for the analysis of syllabic consonant syllables in West Frisian as proposed by Visser (1997). Visser derives such syllables phonologically from schwa-consonantal sonorant sequences by an unconstrained rule of Schwa-deletion, followed by a process of syllable reconstruction. Our alternative is based on a... more...

  • Germanic Future Constructionsby Martin Hilpert

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2008; US$ 143.00

    This study offers a Construction Grammar approach to the historical development and modern usage of future constructions in English, German, Dutch, Danish, and Swedish. On the basis of corpus data, constructions such as English be going to or German werden are analyzed as symbolic units that convey a range of temporal and modal meanings. A special... more...

  • Grammar and Interactionby Emma Betz

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2008; US$ 158.00

    This monograph provides a micro-analytic description of the structure and communicative use of syntactic pivot constructions in German. Using the methodology of Conversation Analysis, this work shows that pivots emerge in interaction in response to local communicative needs.Exclusively found in spoken German, pivots allow a speaker to extend an utterance... more...

  • History of German Negationby Agnes Jäger

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2008; US$ 173.00

    This book represents the first comprehensive overview over the history of negation in German. It addresses both the development of the negation particles as well as the diachrony of indefinites in the scope of negation and the phenomenon of Negative Concord. Being based on a corpus study of several Old and Middle High German texts, it comprises a wealth... more...

  • An Introduction to Old Frisianby Rolf H. Jr. Bremmer

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2009; US$ 54.00

    This is the first text book to offer a comprehensive approach to Old Frisian. Part One begins with a succinct survey of the history of the Frisians during the Middle Ages, their society and literary culture. Next follow chapters on the phonology, morphology, word formation and syntax of Old Frisian. This part is concluded by a chapter on the Old Frisian... more...

  • Lexical Template Morphologyby B. Roger Maylor

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2002; US$ 165.00

    While there have been many attempts in the literature to account for the semantics and syntax of individual German(ic)prefixes, this is the first time that the prefixes have been analysed in a unified way and a framework established that is capable of relating the prefixes to each other and to other areas of the grammar. The templates provide the means... more...

  • Middle Voiceby Markus Steinbach

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2002; US$ 195.00

    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... more...