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  • 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...

  • Quantifier Scope in Germanby Jürgen Pafel

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2006; US$ 195.00

    This book presents a comprehensive account of quantifier scope in German. The author investigates scope behavior of ordinary quantifiers and negative, adverbial, interrogative, relative and particle quantifiers. The areas which are dealt with include: relative scope in simple sentences, absolute and relative scope in complex sentences, noun-phrase... more...

  • Right Node Raising and Gappingby Katharina Hartmann

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2001; US$ 149.00

    This book investigates two elliptical coordinations in German, Right Node Raising and Gapping. Ellipsis in both constructions is claimed to be the result of a phonological process which is conditioned by prosodic and focus semantic constraints. It is convincingly argued that Right Node Raising cannot involve raising to the right periphery: The alleged... more...

  • 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...

  • The Semantics of Generics in Dutch and Related Languagesby Albert M. Oosterhof

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2008; US$ 173.00

    This monograph is a comprehensive study of the various ways in which genericity can be expressed in Dutch, dialects of Dutch, and languages related to Dutch. On the basis of empirical (corpus- and questionnaire-based) data, a wide range of topics are discussed which have been addressed in the literature on the semantics and pragmatics of generics.... more...

  • Verb Constructions in German and Dutchby Pieter A.M. Seuren; Gerard Kempen

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2003; US$ 188.00

    German and Dutch verb constructions show a rich array of syntactic phenomena that have so far been underexposed in the literature, despite the fact that they have proved to be a source of substantial problems in theoretical grammar. The cross-linguistic study of verb constructions and complementation has been dominated by views deriving from... more...

  • Whose German?by Orrin W. Robinson

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2001; US$ 158.00

    The author addresses a number of issues in German and general phonology, using a specific problem in German phonology (the ach/ich alternation) as a springboard. These issues include especially the naturalness, or lack thereof, of the prescriptive standard in German, and the importance of colloquial pronunciations, as well as historical and dialect... 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...