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Title: Clausal Architecture and Subject Positions
Subtitle: Impersonal constructions in the Germanic languages
Written By: Sabine Mohr
URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=LA%2088
Series Title: Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today 88
Description:

This book offers a comparative study of the Germanic languages. It promotes
a new approach to the OV vs. VO classification, according to which all
clauses have a universal base where the internal argument is always merged
in SpecVP. Word order differences and their correlates result from an
interaction of checking conditions, the EPP and different types of verb
movement, and from parametric variation concerning the location of the
subject of predication in the I- or in the C-system. In the discussion of a
range of impersonal constructions in German, Dutch, Afrikaans, Yiddish,
Icelandic, the Mainland Scandinavian languages and English, it is shown
that crosslinguistic variation as regards, e.g., the distribution of the
expletive in impersonal passives and the occurrence of a Definiteness
Effect in Transitive Expletive Constructions is mainly due to the choice of
different kinds of 'expletive' elements (each associated with different
featural make-ups which force them to show up in different positions),
namely true expletives, event arguments and quasi-arguments, whereas
expletive pro is shown not to exist.


Table of contents

Acknowledgements viii
I. Introduction
0. Introduction 3–8
II. Clausal architecture and the EPP
1. Subject positions and the EPP: The evolution of the two concepts 11–39
2. The EPP and the Extension Condition 40–54
3. Clause structure 55–76
4. Checking 77–101
5. The 'universal EPP' on T 102–109
6. Summary 110–112
III. Impersonal constructions and subject positions
7. The constructions to be discussed and previous accounts 115–133
8. The derivation of presentational sentences and impersonal passives
134–174
9. Constructions involving quasi-arguments (or not) 175–188
10. Summary 189–191
IV. Conclusion
11. Conclusion 195–198
References 199–204
Index 205–207

Publication Year: 2005
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Syntax
Typology
Subject Language(s): Afrikaans
Danish
Dutch
English
German
Icelandic
Norwegian Nynorsk
Norwegian Bokmål
Swedish
Yiddish, Eastern
Yiddish, Western
Language Family(ies): Germanic
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027233527
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: viii, 207
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