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Books: Syntax, Finnish: Manninen

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  1. paul, Small Phrase Layers: Manninen

Message 1: Small Phrase Layers: Manninen

Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2003 11:27:10 +0000
From: paul <>
Subject: Small Phrase Layers: Manninen

Title: Small Phrase Layers
Subtitle: A Study of Finnish Manner Adverbials
Series Title: Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today 65
Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: John Benjamins,		 
Book URL:
Author: Satu Helena Manninen, Lund University 
Hardback: ISBN: 1588114430, Pages: xii, 275 pp., Price: USD 99.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9027227888, Pages: xii, 275 pp., Price: EUR 99.00

This monograph examines the structure and properties of Finnish manner
adverbials. The central idea is that, instead of AdvPs, DPs, APs, PPs,
NumPs and InfinitivalPs, manner adverbials have the form of either kPs
or pPs, and they are licensed as unique specifiers of a manner-related
small vP. Secondly, because "obligatory" and "optional" manner
adverbials are merged as specifiers of one and the same small vP, the
computational system of language sees no difference between them. This
is why "obligatory" and "optional" manner adverbials often behave in
exactly the same way with regard to syntactic operations such as
movement. Thirdly, the author shows that, although all arguments and
VP-internal adverbials are merged as specifiers of a unique small vP,
this hierarchical structure need not always be reflected in an
unambiguous linear order: in many languages VP-internal manner, place
and time adverbials are allowed to permute freely because they have no
features which would need checking by the features of a higher
functional head, and because their original Spec,vP positions are
"invisible" to the Linear Correspondence Axiom. Although the
argumentation and analyses are mainly supported by Finnish data, the
author also shows how they can be applied to other languages. The book
also contains an extensive introduction to Finnish, to help readers
unfamiliar with the language to follow the discussion.

Table of contents

Abbreviations ix 
Acknowledgements xi 
Introduction 1-41 
The minimalist framework and the structure of Finnish sentences 43-68 
Adverbials and functional categories 69-101 
The Structure of Finnish manner adverbials 103-155 
A theory of layered VPs 157-201 
The position of Finnish manner adverbials 203-250 
Conclusions 251-253 
References 255-269 
Index 271-272

Lingfield(s): Syntax
Subject Language(s): Finnish (Language code: FIN)

Written In: English (Language Code: ENG)

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