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Title: Middle Voice
Subtitle: A comparative study in the syntax-semantics interface of German
Series Title: Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today 50
Description:

This book offers a completely new analysis of the syntax and semantics of
transitive reflexive sentences in German, which is embedded in the major
phenomenon of the middle voice in Indo-European languages. It integrates
the interpretation of non-argument reflexives into a modified version of
recent theories of binding. The ambiguity of the reflexive pronoun is
derived at the interface between syntax and semantics and does not rely on
additional lexical or syntactic rules of argument suppression and argument
promotion. This shift towards the semantic interpretation of syntactic
arguments enables the author to offer a unified analysis of the middle, the
anticausative and the reflexive interpretations. Furthermore, the crucial
distinction between structural and oblique case forms is discussed and it
is illustrated how specific properties of middle constructions such as
adverbial modification or subject responsibility can be related to the
generic interpretation of middle constructions.


Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
List of abbreviations
1. Introduction
2. Middle constructions and middle voice
3. Lexical and syntactic approaches to middle formation
4. The syntax of transitive reflexive sentences
5. The interpretation of reflexive pronouns in German
6. Suppressed arguments and dative objects
7. Middle constructions revisited
8. Conclusion
References
Subject index

Publication Year: 2002
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
Syntax
Subject Language(s): German
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027227713
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: xii, 340 pp.
Prices: AUS$ USD 99.00
 
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1588111946
ISBN-13: 9781588111944
Pages: xii, 340 pp.
Prices: U.S.$ 176