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Title: The Syntax of Adjuncts
Written By: Thomas Boyden Ernst
Joan Bresnan
S. R. Anderson
Series Title: Cambridge Studies in Linguistics 96
Description:

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
Japanese).

Publication Year: 2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Syntax
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ISBN: 0521028183
ISBN-13: 9780521028189
Pages: 567
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