From: Daniel Davies <ddaviescambridge.org>
Subject: The Syntax of Adjuncts: Ernst
Title: The Syntax of Adjuncts
Series Title: Cambridge Studies in Linguistics 96
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Author: Thomas Ernst
Paperback: ISBN: 9780521028189 Pages: 567 Price: U.S. $ 58.00
Paperback: ISBN: 9780521028189 Pages: 567 Price: U.K. £ 33.00
This is a new edition of the 2001 publication.
This book proposes a theory of the distribution of adverbial adjuncts in a
Principles and Parameters framework, claiming that there are few syntactic
principles specific to adverbials; rather, for the most part, adverbials
adjoin freely to any projection. Adjuncts' possible hierarchical positions
are determined by whether they can receive a proper interpretation,
according to their selectional (including scope) requirements and general
compositional rules, while linear order is determined by hierarchical
position along with a system of directionality principles and morphological
weight, both of which apply generally to adjuncts and all other syntactic
elements. A wide range of adverbial types is analysed; predicational
adverbs (such as manner, and modal adverbs), domain expressions like
financially, temporal, frequency, duration and focusing adverbials;
participant PPs (e.g. locatives and benefactives); resultative and
conditional clauses, and others, taken primarily from English, Chinese,
French and Italian, with occasional reference to others (such as German and
2. The semantics of predicational adverbs;
3. The scopal basis of adverb licensing;
4. Arguments for right-adjunction;
5. Noncanonical orders and the structure of VP;
6. Event-internal adjuncts;
7. Adjunct licensing in the auxrange;
8. Adjuncts in clause-initial projections;
9. Conclusions and prospects;
Subject Language(s): Chinese, Mandarin (cmn)
German, Standard (deu)
Written In: English (eng )
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