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Title: Particle Verbs in English
Subtitle: Syntax, information structure and intonation
Written By: Nicole Dehé
Series Title: Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today 59

This book offers a new account of the transitive particle verb construction
in English. The main emphasis is on the alternation between the two word
orders possible in English (continuous: hand in the manuscript vs.
discontinuous: hand the manuscript in). The central aim is to show that the
choice of the word order is not optional as has often been claimed in
related literature on the topic and that a syntactic analysis should thus
not be based on optional movement operations or optional feature selection.
The author argues in some detail that the choice of the word order is
determined to a great extent by the information structuring of the context
in which the relevant construction is embedded. The syntactic structure she
develops is based on a substantial combination of empirical facts, evidence
from theoretical research and the results of two experimental studies on
the intonation patterns of the construction.

Table of Contents

Abbreviations ix
Acknowledgements xi
1: Introduction 1
2: Overview of the syntactic analyses for particle verbs in English 15
3: The neutral order of transitive PV constructions in English 75
4: The choice of the word order: The role of information structure and
intonation 103
5: A syntactic analysis for PV constructions in English 209
6: Conclusion and outlook 281
References 287

Publication Year: 2002
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Phonetics
Subject Language(s): English
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1588113086
ISBN-13: 9781588113085
Pages: xii, 305 pp.
Prices: U.S. $ 162
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027227802
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: xii, 305 pp.
Prices: AUS $ EUR 108.00