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Title: Adverbials and the Phase Model
Written By: Petr Biskup
Series Title: Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today 177

This monograph addresses two issues, phases and adverbials. It
proposes that there is a correlation between the phase structure, the
tripartite quantificational structure and the information structure of
the sentence. This correlation plays an important role not only in
referential and information-structural properties of arguments and
the verb but also in adverbial properties. For instance, the study
shows that certain sentence adverbials can occur in the sentence-final
position in the vP phase when they represent the extreme
value with respect to the set of focus alternatives. The proposed
correlation also becomes important in anaphoric relations with
respect to adjuncts. Only an R-expression spelled out and interpreted
in the CP phase of an adjunct clause can corefer with the coindexed
pronoun. The study also discusses adverbial ordering and shows that
the relative order of certain adverbials can be reversed if they occur in
different phases. The monograph will appeal to syntacticians and
linguists interested in the relationship between syntax and its

Publication Year: 2011
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Syntax
Cognitive Science
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Format: Electronic
ISBN-13: 9789027287052
Prices: Europe EURO 99.00
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Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9789027255600
Prices: U.K. £ 99.00
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Europe EURO 104.94