Constraint-Based Approaches to Germanic Syntax

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Overview

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: 4/28/2001
  • 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
1 Introduction 1
2 On the Cooccurrence of Es with a Finite Clause in German: An LFG Analysis 7
3 Splitting PPs from NPs 31
4 An HPSG Analysis of German Wh-Interrogatives 77
5 Linearization and Diathetic Alternations in Danish 111
6 Configurational and Relational Scope Determination in German 141
7 Resource Sensitivity in the Syntax-Semantics Interface: Evidence from the German Split NP Construction 177
8 Case in German: Towards an HPSG Analysis 217
9 On the Left Periphery of German Finite Sentences 257
Subject Index 301
Name Index 309
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