Title: Verbal Prepositions and Argument Structure
Subtitle: Path, place and possession in Norwegian
Series Title: Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today 121
Publisher: John Benjamins
Author: Mai Ellin Tungseth
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027255044 Pages: 187 Price: Europe EURO 115.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027255044 Pages: 187 Price: U.S. $ 173.00
This book investigates different types of verb-PP combinations and examines the types of meanings which arise when the argument structure of the PP fuses with the verbal argument structure. Focussing mainly on data from Norwegian, the book investigates three different empirical domains of PP-VP combinations and concludes that the arising interpretations result from a combination of the fine-grained structure of the PP, the structure of the verb phrase, and the different modes of combination. The book sheds new light on the syntax-semantics interplay while adding new insight about the properties of the category P in Norwegian. The book also contributes to the debate between Lexicalism and Constructionism, and it concludes that a moderate Constructionist model with a fine-grained syntactic structure determining interpretation is best equipped to handle the enormous flexibility of verb-prepositional phrase combinations of the types explored.