Constraint-Based Approaches to Germanic Syntax

Constraint-Based Approaches to Germanic Syntax

by W. Detmar Meurers
     
 

ISBN-10: 1575863030

ISBN-13: 9781575863030

Pub. Date: 04/28/2001

Publisher: Center for the Study of Language and Inf

A wealth of research has been conducted on the various linguistic phenomena found in Germanic languages. But these studies were restricted by their use of only one theoretical perspective to analyze one particular language. Inspired by the need to expand the research base of Germanic languages while broadening the empirical coverage of constraint-based linguistic

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A wealth of research has been conducted on the various linguistic phenomena found in Germanic languages. But these studies were restricted by their use of only one theoretical perspective to analyze one particular language. Inspired by the need to expand the research base of Germanic languages while broadening the empirical coverage of constraint-based linguistic approaches, a handful of researchers are employing various constraint-based theoretical perspectives to study multiple Germanic languages.

This volume begins with an introduction to the recent research performed on Germanic syntax using constraint-based frameworks. It then goes on to investigate the linguistic phenomena found in the grammar of the German and Danish languages. Using such approaches as Lexical-Functional Grammar and Head-Driven Phrase Structure Grammar, contributors shed a different light on theoretical issues addressed by past studies, including semi-free word order, partial front phenomena, and complex predicate formation. While alternative approaches have assumed that meaning (semantics) is dependent on form (syntax), various analyses presented in this volume explore the idea that both form and meaning are equally constitutive for grammatical descriptions.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781575863030
Publisher:
Center for the Study of Language and Inf
Publication date:
04/28/2001
Series:
Studies in Constraint-Based Lexicalism
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Contributors
1Introduction1
2On the Cooccurrence of Es with a Finite Clause in German: An LFG Analysis7
3Splitting PPs from NPs31
4An HPSG Analysis of German Wh-Interrogatives77
5Linearization and Diathetic Alternations in Danish111
6Configurational and Relational Scope Determination in German141
7Resource Sensitivity in the Syntax-Semantics Interface: Evidence from the German Split NP Construction177
8Case in German: Towards an HPSG Analysis217
9On the Left Periphery of German Finite Sentences257
Subject Index301
Name Index309

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