Date: 17-Aug-2005 From: K. van den Heuvel <lotlet.uu.nl> Subject: Complex Predicates in Dutch: Blom
Title: Complex Predicates in Dutch
Subtitle: Synchrony and Diachrony
Series Title: LOT Dissertation Series 111
Publisher: Utrecht Institute of Linguistics / LOT Netherlands Graduate School of Linguistic
Author: Corrien Blom, Free University Amsterdam
Electronic: ISBN: 9076864780 Pages: 462 Price: U.S. $ free
Paperback: ISBN: 9076864780 Pages: 462 Price: Europe EURO 39.08
This study presents an analysis of the synchronic and diachronic properties of two types of complex predicate in Dutch: separable complex verbs (or particle verbs) and inseparable complex verbs (or prefixed verbs). The synchronic part of the book discusses the morphosyntactic structure of these complex predicates and their semantic properties. The diachronic part focuses on the grammaticalisation of the two types of complex predicate. The data are drawn from a Modern Dutch dictionary and a Middle Dutch corpus.
The data are interpreted in a "linking" model of the language faculty, which posits parallel, autonomous but corresponding levels of representation. Such a model separates the semantic structure of complex predicates from their morphosyntactic structure. The notion "constructional idiom" also plays an important role in accounting for the data and the analysis thus sheds light on the relationship between syntax, morphology, and the lexicon.
Complex Predicates in Dutch is of interest to linguists studying complex predicates, the syntax-morphology interface, the semantics-syntax interface, constructional idioms, grammaticalisation, and Germanic languages.