Studies in Comparative Germanic Syntax: Volume II

Overview

Comparative synchronic and diachronic syntax has become an increasingly popular and fruitful research area over the past 10-15 years. In the present volume, which complements Studies in Comparative Germanic Syntax, contributors examine topics such as case marking, the typology of pronouns and anaphors, agreement, verb movement, verb morphology, object shift (object movement) and scrambling, using data drawn from numerous Germanic languages, past and present, as well as non-Germanic languages. The papers also ...

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Overview

Comparative synchronic and diachronic syntax has become an increasingly popular and fruitful research area over the past 10-15 years. In the present volume, which complements Studies in Comparative Germanic Syntax, contributors examine topics such as case marking, the typology of pronouns and anaphors, agreement, verb movement, verb morphology, object shift (object movement) and scrambling, using data drawn from numerous Germanic languages, past and present, as well as non-Germanic languages. The papers also investigate topics not central to Studies in Comparative Germanic Syntax, such as clitics, the functional structure of older Germanic languages, the nature of tense, prepositional case marking, and Germanic verb-second phenomena. Perhaps one of the main differences is that the present volume reflects a more prominent role for historical and diachronic syntax. In addition, many of the papers in the present volume are heavily influenced by the recent introduction of the Minimalist Program which post-dates the original Studies in Comparative Germanic Syntax.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402002946
  • Publisher: Springer Netherlands
  • Publication date: 11/28/2001
  • Series: Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory Series , #38
  • Edition description: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1996
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 348
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction; H. Thráinsson, et al. A Change in Structural Case Marking in Early English; C.L. Allen. Deficient Pronouns: A View from Germanic. A Study in the Unified Description of Germanic and Romance; A. Cardinaletti, M. Starke. Semantic Variables and Object Shift; M. Diesing. Very Exceptional Case Marking; M. den Dikken, J.-W. Zwart. Functional Categories, Cliticization, and Verb Movement in the Early Germanic Languages; T. Eythórsson. The Shift to Head-Initial VP in Germanic; P. Kiparsky. Null Subjects, Weak Agr and Syntactic Differences in Scandinavian; C. Platzack. The Argumental Licensing of Perfect Tense; G. Postma. Prepositions and Minimalist Case Marking; J. Rooryck. N-Feature Checking in Germanic Verb Second Configurations; J.-W. Zwart. List of Contributors. Language Index. Name Index. Subject Index.

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