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Title: Small Phrase Layers
Subtitle: A study of Finnish Manner Adverbials
Written By: Satu Manninen
Series Title: Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today 65

This monograph examines the structure and properties of Finnish manner adverbials. The central idea is that, instead of AdvPs, DPs, APs, PPs, NumPs and InfinitivalPs, manner adverbials have the form of either kPs or pPs, and they are licensed as unique specifiers of a manner-related small vP. Secondly, because ”obligatory” and ”optional” manner adverbials are merged as specifiers of one and the same small vP, the computational system of language sees no difference between them. This is why ”obligatory” and ”optional” manner adverbials often behave in exactly the same way with regard to syntactic operations such as movement. Thirdly, the author shows that, although all arguments and VP-internal adverbials are merged as specifiers of a unique small vP, this hierarchical structure need not always be reflected in an unambiguous linear order: in many languages VP-internal manner, place and time adverbials are allowed to permute freely because they have no features which would need checking by the features of a higher functional head, and because their original Spec,vP positions are ”invisible” to the Linear Correspondence Axiom. Although the argumentation and analyses are mainly supported by Finnish data, the author also shows how they can be applied to other languages. The book also contains an extensive introduction to Finnish, to help readers unfamiliar with the language to follow the discussion.

Table of contents

Abbreviations ix
Acknowledgements xi
Introduction 1–41
The minimalist framework and the structure of Finnish sentences 43–68
Adverbials and functional categories 69–101
The Structure of Finnish manner adverbials 103–155
A theory of layered VPs 157–201
The position of Finnish manner adverbials 203–250
Conclusions 251–253
References 255–269
Index 271–272

Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Syntax
Generative Linguistics
Subject Language(s): Finnish
Language Family(ies): Uralic
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1588114430
ISBN-13: 9781588114433
Pages: xii, 275 pp.
Prices: U.S. $ 149
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027227888
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: xii, 275 pp.
Prices: EUR 99.00