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Title: Infinitives
Subtitle: Restructuring and Clause Structure
Written By: Susanne Wurmbrand
Series Title: Studies in Generative Grammar 55

INFINITIVES offers a detailed study of the clausal architecture of infinitival constructions providing a unified analysis of restructuring, control, modals, and raising. The book critically evaluates previous proposals from both syntactic and semantic perspectives and presents a new analysis incorporating many recent developments in generative linguistic theory. In addition to its theoretical contribution, Infinitives contains a detailed descriptive overview of a range of constructions, primarily from the Germanic languages and will thus not only be of value to generative linguists but will also serve as a general reference source for those interested in the Germanic languages.

From the Contents:

Chapter 1: Introduction
Infinitives in brief - Restructuring - its significance in history

Chapter 2: Lexical restructuring
Introduction - Case assignment in restructuring constructions - Tense properties of restructuring constructions - Other functional projections - Verb raising in restructuring constructions - Summary

Chapter 3: Functional restructuring
Introduction - The split IP parameter - Motivating the lexical/functional distinction - German functional constructions - Summary

Chapter 4: The infinitival subject
Introduction - Infinitives with and without a syntactic subject - What is under control - Conclusion

Chapter 5: Grades of (non-)restructuring
Introduction - Restructuring vs. non-restructuring - Graded (non-)restructuring - Semantic classification of infinitives

Chapter 6: Summary and conclusion

Appendix: Overview - Verb classification - Distinguishing irrealis, propositional, factive - (Non-)Restructuring properties - Verb classifications in different languages




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Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
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ISBN: 3110178648
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Pages: x, 371
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