How do you pronounce biopic, synod, and Breughel? - and why? Do our cake and archaic sound the same? Where does the stress go in stalagmite? What's odd about the word epergne? As a finale, the author writes a letter to his 16-year-old self.
This monograph on the verb "have" in the function of a full verb asserts that have-constructions in the syntactic analysis are to be placed in relationship with absolute with-constructions (cf. "Mit den Füßen auf dem Tisch erwarte ich meine Schwiegereltern" [Literal translation: "With my feet on the table I expect my parents-in-law"]. Furthermore, the study also contributes to a better understanding of the syntax and semantics of adjectives. The findings are interpreted within the context of generative and optimal theoretical models.