The series consists of collected volumes and monographs about specific issues dealing with interfaces among the subcomponents of linguistic structure: phonology-morphology, phonology-syntax, syntax-semantics, syntax-morphology and syntax-lexicon.
Recent linguistic research has recognized that the subcomponents of grammar interact in non-trivial ways. What is currently under debate is the actual range of such interactions and their most appropriate representation in grammar, which is the focus of this series.
Specifically, it aims to provide a general overview of various topics by examining them through the interaction of grammatical components. The books provide a state of the art report of research.
Germanic verb-particle combinations (e.g. ring up, German: anrufen,
Dutch opbellen) have engendered much controversy. This book collects a representative cross-section of current research on the constructions, providing a convenient and up-to-date introduction to the subject, and shedding new light on the subject by gathering insights from various linguistic subdisciplines (from psycholinguistics to pure linguistics), various theories and methodological strategies (e.g. Minimalism, Construction Grammar, Lexical Functional Grammar) and various languages (chiefly: Dutch, English, German and Swedish).
Theoretical studies have not reached consensus on the structure of verb-particle combinations, with proposals ranging from the idea that particles form a small clause with the direct object to approaches assuming constituency for particle and verb, but disagreeing on whether this structure is syntactically or morphologically generated. Good arguments have been adduced for all these positions, leading to various compromise solutions, as well as completely different approaches. A solution to this issue would enrich considerably our knowledge of grammar, and the crosslinguistic, interdisciplinary approach taken in this book makes genuine progress towards this goal. Verb-particle combinations have been the subject of much psycholinguistic work, with studies in acquisition, production and perception. The discontinuous occurrence of particles and verbs allows interesting insights into the relation between verbs and other sentence constituents, and the cognitive processes required to bring about the union of particle and verb. This volume scrutinises some of the most prominent hypotheses on the comprehension of linguistic material and provides an almost exhaustive survey on experiments using verb particle constructions.