Publishing Partner: Cambridge University Press CUP Extra Wiley-Blackwell Publisher Login
amazon logo
More Info


New from Oxford University Press!

ad

Latin: A Linguistic Introduction

By Renato Oniga and Norma Shifano

Applies the principles of contemporary linguistics to the study of Latin and provides clear explanations of grammatical rules alongside diagrams to illustrate complex structures.


New from Cambridge University Press!

ad

The Ancient Language, and the Dialect of Cornwall, with an Enlarged Glossary of Cornish Provincial Words

By Frederick W.P. Jago

Containing around 3,700 dialect words from both Cornish and English,, this glossary was published in 1882 by Frederick W. P. Jago (1817–92) in an effort to describe and preserve the dialect as it too declined and it is an invaluable record of a disappearing dialect and way of life.


New from Brill!

ad

Linguistic Bibliography for the Year 2013

The Linguistic Bibliography is by far the most comprehensive bibliographic reference work in the field. This volume contains up-to-date and extensive indexes of names, languages, and subjects.


Book Information

   

Title: Discontinuous NPs in German
Written By: Kordula De Kuthy
Description:

This book investigates the occurrence of discontinuous noun phrases, a word order phenomenon in German. De Kuthy explores the division of labor between the syntactic analysis, lexical constraints, and discourse constraints of this phenomenon. She argues that many of the factors that previous literature has tried to explain in terms of syntactic restrictions on movement are in fact derivable from discourse factors.

A prepositional phrase in German can occur separately from the noun phrase it modifies. Working within the framework of Head-Driven Phrase
Structure Grammar (HPSG), De Kuthy examines the syntactic analysis of the NP--PP split construction and provides an explicit theory that licenses reanalysis-like structures for this split. She goes on to identify lexical-semantic and discourse restrictions on the occurrence of discontinuous noun phrases. De Kuthy presents an account of the lexical-semantic effects, based on the Generative Lexicon, and integrates it with her HPSG analysis.

De Kuthy explores the possible focus-background structures of NP-PP split constructions. She shows that discourse restrictions can be deduced from information-structure requirements of the construction and she formalizes this insight by developing and integrating an information-structure component into her HPSG analysis.
Interestingly, some of the restrictions on movement that have been traditionally viewed as being syntactic automatically fall out of this information-structure module.

This book ultimately provides an exemplary argument for rethinking the division of labor between syntax theory and a theory of discourse

Publication Year: 2002
Publisher: CSLI Publications
Review: Read the review
BibTex: View BibTex record
Linguistic Field(s): Syntax
Subject Language(s): German
Issue: All announcements sent out by The LINGUIST List are emailed to our subscribers and archived with the Library of Congress.
Click here to see the original emailed issue.

Versions:
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 1575863987
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 206 pages
Prices: $28.00

 
 
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1575863979
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 206 pages
Prices: $70.00