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Title: Adverbials
Subtitle: The interplay between meaning, context, and syntactic structure
Edited By: Jennifer R. Austin
Stefan Engelberg
Gisa Rauh
URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=LA%2070
Series Title: Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today 70
Description:

Adverbials have become an important testing ground for research on the interfaces between syntax, semantics, and pragmatics. The articles selected for this volume present recent research on this topic. Among the issues addressed are the occurrence of adverbials in various domains of the sentence Mittelfeld, left and right periphery, adverbials in front of gaps, and the influence of the discourse context on the interpretation and position of adverbials. Particular classes of adverbials that are discussed include domain, locative, temporal, manner, transparent, and degree adverbials. Beyond the exploration of these topics, the volume reflects the current debate between proponents of semantic-driven approaches to the positioning of adverbials which assume adverbials to be adjuncts and approaches that claim a primacy of syntax in conceiving of adverbials as specifiers in a universally valid hierarchy of functional projections.


Table of contents

Foreword ix

Current issues in the syntax and semantics of adverbials
Jennifer R. Austin, Stefan Engelberg and Gisa Rauh 1–44

Circumstantial adverbs and aspect
David Adger and George Tsoulas 45–66

Optimizing adverb placement in gap constructions
Eva Engels 67–101

Domain adverbs and the syntax of adjuncts
Thomas Ernst 103–129

Depictives and transparent adverbs
Wilhelm Geuder 131–166

Degree Phrases versus uantifier Phrases in prenominal and preverbal positions: A hybrid explanation for some distributional asymmetries
Dagmar Haumann 167–203

A feature-based theory of adverb syntax
Christopher Laenzlinger 205–252

Where syntax and semantics meet: Adverbial positions in the German middle field
Karin Pittner 253–287

Left/right contrasts among English temporal adverbials
Benjamin Shaer 289–332

Author index 333

Subject index 337

Publication Year: 2004
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics
Semantics
Syntax
Subject Language(s): English
German
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