LINGUIST List 14.184

Sun Jan 19 2003

Books: Syntax & Morphology: Stefan M�ller (ed.)

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  1. sosa, Complex Predicates: Stefan M�ller (ed.)

Message 1: Complex Predicates: Stefan M�ller (ed.)

Date: Sun, 19 Jan 2003 15:18:46 +0000
From: sosa <>
Subject: Complex Predicates: Stefan M�ller (ed.)


Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: CSLI Publications
Availability: Available
Editor: Stefan M�ller, DFKI Saarbr�cken and Friedrich Schiller 
Hardback: ISBN: 1575863855, Pages: 482 pages, Price: $75.00
Paperback: ISBN: 1575863863, Pages: 482 pages, Price: $35.00

This book examines various linguistic phenomena and determines that
certain constructions should be treated as complex
predicates. Specifically, the book explores auxiliary and verb
combinations in future, perfect, and passive constructions; causative
constructions; verb complex constructions with raising and control
verbs; subject and object predicatives; depictive secondary
predicates; resultative constructions; and particle and verb
combinations. The properties of all these constructions are studied on
a broad empirical basis, mainly with data from German.

Using scrambling and fronting data, the author argues that all these
constructions---except the depictive secondary predicates, which are
analyzed as adjuncts---should be treated as complex predicates. The
potential for a verb to enter a resultative construction or to form a
particle verb that follows a productive pattern is licensed by lexical
rules. Base verb and resultative predicate, and base verb and particle
are combined in syntax by the same rule that licenses verbal

Arguments that have been put forward in order to show that particle
verbs have to be treated in the morphology component are discussed and
refuted. An analysis of inflection and derivation is provided that is
compatible with the syntactic analysis of particle verbs. As a
byproduct, this analysis solves the bracketing paradox with regard to
particle verbs often discussed in the literature.
[To order this book, contact The University of Chicago Press. Call
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Lingfield(s): Morphology & Syntax
Subject Language(s): German, Standard (Language Code: GER)
Written In: English (Language Code: ENG)
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