The study also highlights the constructs of current linguistic theory, arguing for distinctive features and the notion 'onset' and against some of the claims of Optimality Theory and Usage-based accounts.
The importance of Henk Zeevat's new monograph cannot be overstated. [...] I recommend it to anyone who combines interests in language, logic, and computation [...]. David Beaver, University of Texas at Austin
(Nicht-)kanonische Nebensätze im Deutschen [(Non-)Canonical Subordinate Clauses in German]
Aspects of sentence construction and the grammar of subordination have always been a key issue of German grammar description and theory. This diachronously and synchronously oriented study focuses not only on the creation of the ‘dass’ sentence but also on non-canonical subordinate-clause constructions such as argumental and relative clauses with main-clause word order (verb second, verb first) and correlative adverbial clauses. Thus the book contributes to the issue – recently much discussed– of the relationship between the formal and interpretative properties of subordination.