A vivid commentary on Jewish survival and Jewish speech communities that will be enjoyed by the general reader, and is essential reading for students and researchers interested in the study of Middle Eastern languages, Jewish studies, and sociolinguistics.
This study provides a comprehensive description and analysis of the syntax
and semantics of middle constructions in German, including those formed by
using the auxiliary lassen 'let'. English and French middles are also
treated in depth for comparative purposes. Sarah Fagan argues that middle
constructions are not to be accounted for in the syntax, but rather in a
bipartite lexicon consisting of Static and Dynamic components. This
division of the lexicon helps to clarify the analysis in a number of ways.
The author also considers middles in the context of recent work on
generics, and examines Vendler's typology of aspectual verb classes in the
light of middle formation in German and English. The study addresses a
number of issues in the syntax of modern German relevant to our
understanding of universal grammar: 1. the appearance of ergative
predicates in German: 2. the implications of impersonal clauses in German:
and 3. the use of reflexives in argument positions. The value of this study
is greatly enhanced by the wealth of language data and descriptive detail