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LINGUIST List 20.1725

Mon May 04 2009

Books: Syntax/Semantics: Fagan

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        1.    Daniel Davies, The Syntax and Semantics of Middle Constructions: Fagan

Message 1: The Syntax and Semantics of Middle Constructions: Fagan
Date: 03-May-2009
From: Daniel Davies <ddaviescambridge.org>
Subject: The Syntax and Semantics of Middle Constructions: Fagan
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Title: The Syntax and Semantics of Middle Constructions
Subtitle: A Study with Special Reference to German
Series Title: Cambridge Studies in Linguistics 60
Published: 2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
                http://us.cambridge.org

Author: Sarah M. B. Fagan
Paperback: ISBN: 9780521107464 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 21.99
Paperback: ISBN: 9780521107464 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 39.99
Abstract:

This study provides a comprehensive description and analysis of the syntax
and semantics of middle constructions in German, including those formed by
using the auxiliary lassen 'let'. English and French middles are also
treated in depth for comparative purposes. Sarah Fagan argues that middle
constructions are not to be accounted for in the syntax, but rather in a
bipartite lexicon consisting of Static and Dynamic components. This
division of the lexicon helps to clarify the analysis in a number of ways.
The author also considers middles in the context of recent work on
generics, and examines Vendler's typology of aspectual verb classes in the
light of middle formation in German and English. The study addresses a
number of issues in the syntax of modern German relevant to our
understanding of universal grammar: 1. the appearance of ergative
predicates in German: 2. the implications of impersonal clauses in German:
and 3. the use of reflexives in argument positions. The value of this study
is greatly enhanced by the wealth of language data and descriptive detail
given.

Introduction;
1. Properties of middles;
2. Constraints on Middle Formation;
3. Lexical versus syntactic derivation of middles;
4. Middle Formation;
5. Let middles;
6. Concluding remarks.


Linguistic Field(s): Semantics
                            Syntax

Subject Language(s): German, Standard (deu)

Written In: English (eng )

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