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Title: Grammaticalization Paths of English and High German Existential Constructions
Subtitle: A Corpus-based Study
Written By: Simone E. Pfenninger
URL: http://www.peterlang.com/Index.cfm?vLang=E&vSiteID=4&vSiteName=BookDetail%2Ecfm&VID=430021
Series Title: Europäische Hochschulschriften. Series 21: Linguistics: Vol. 345
Description:

Existential constructions are a fundamental feature of many Indo-European
languages, and constructions with non-referential subjects have developed
in all of the latter, albeit at different stages in their histories.

High German does not feature a prototypical existential construction that
is equivalent in syntactic and pragmatic function and semantic meaning to
the English existential there-construction. How did a prototypical
existential structure originate in English? Why is it that High German has
never developed such a construction? Has it ever shown a tendency towards
developing one? How did two closely related languages such as English and
High German come to differ so much with respect to these constructions?

By means of investigating a variety of historical and contemporary data
this study shows that not only semantic, pragmatic and syntactic factors
are involved, which decide the choice of a certain construction, but also
very much the more general different linguistic development that the two
languages underwent in the course of time.

Contents:

The Beginnings. Towards a Historical Explanation of the Difference between
English and High German Existential Constructions: Word Order in the
History of English - The Derivation of the English ETC - Word Order in the
History of High German - The Derivation of the High German Existential
da-Construction - The Derivation of High German 'es'-Constructions - ETCs
in Modern English: Syntactic Classification - Semantic Classification -
Pragmatic Approach - The Modern High German Counterparts: The Status of es
in ModHG - Syntactic Approach to the High German Counterparts - Semantic
and Pragmatic Approaches to the ModHG Counterparts.

Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: Peter Lang AG
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Subject Language(s): English
German
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Versions:
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 3034300212
ISBN-13: 9783034300216
Pages: 381
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U.K. £ 61.90
Europe EURO 66.20
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