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Title: The Syntax and Semantics of Middle Constructions
Subtitle: A Study with Special Reference to German
Written By: Sarah M. B. Fagan
Series Title: Cambridge Studies in Linguistics 60
Description:

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
given.

Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Semantics
Syntax
Subject Language(s): German
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Versions:
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0521107466
ISBN-13: 9780521107464
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