Editor: Nikolaus Himmelmann, Ruhr-Universitat Bochum
Editor: Eva Schultze-Berndt, School of Oriental and African Studies
Hardback: ISBN: 0199272263 Pages: 474 Price: U.K. £ 65.00
Depictive secondary predicates such as raw in "George ate the fish raw" are important for current issues in syntactic and semantic theory, in particular predication theory, phrase structure theories, issues of control and grammatical relations, and verbal aspect. This is the first book to approach depictive secondary predication from a crosslinguistic perspective. It maps out all the relevant phenomena and brings together critical surveys and new contributions on their morphosyntactic and semantic properties. In particular it considers similarities and differences between secondary predicates and other types of adjuncts, including adverbials of manner, comparison, quantity, and location.
The authors are leading scholars with a first-hand knowledge of the languages they discuss. Their approach is theory-neutral and pragmatic: they draw on insights and research traditions ranging from the minimalist program to semantic maps methodology.
The book will interest scholars working on the semantics or syntax of secondary predicates, adverbials, and the role of agreement and other morphological marking. It has also been designed for use in advanced syntax and typology classes.