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        1.    Christian Bieri, Grammaticalization Paths of English and High German Existential Constructions: Pfenninger

Message 1: Grammaticalization Paths of English and High German Existential Constructions: Pfenninger
Date: 27-May-2009
From: Christian Bieri <publicitypeterlang.com>
Subject: Grammaticalization Paths of English and High German Existential Constructions: Pfenninger
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Title: Grammaticalization Paths of English and High German Existential
Constructions Subtitle: A Corpus-based Study Series Title: Europäische Hochschulschriften. Series 21: Linguistics: Vol. 345 Published: 2009 Publisher: Peter Lang AG
                http://www.peterlang.com

Book URL: http://www.peterlang.com/Index.cfm?vLang=E&vSiteID=4&vSiteName=BookDetail%2Ecfm&VID=430021

Author: Simone E. Pfenninger Paperback: ISBN: 9783034300216 Pages: 381 Price: U.S. $ 95.95
Paperback: ISBN: 9783034300216 Pages: 381 Price: Europe EURO 68.10 Comment: for Austria; incl. VAT
Paperback: ISBN: 9783034300216 Pages: 381 Price: U.K. £ 61.90
Paperback: ISBN: 9783034300216 Pages: 381 Price: Europe EURO 61.90
Paperback: ISBN: 9783034300216 Pages: 381 Price: Europe EURO 66.20 Comment: for Germany; incl. VAT
Abstract:

Existential constructions are a fundamental feature of many Indo-Europeanlanguages, and constructions with non-referential subjects have developedin all of the latter, albeit at different stages in their histories.

High German does not feature a prototypical existential construction thatis equivalent in syntactic and pragmatic function and semantic meaning tothe English existential there-construction. How did a prototypicalexistential structure originate in English? Why is it that High German hasnever developed such a construction? Has it ever shown a tendency towardsdeveloping one? How did two closely related languages such as English andHigh German come to differ so much with respect to these constructions?

By means of investigating a variety of historical and contemporary datathis study shows that not only semantic, pragmatic and syntactic factorsare involved, which decide the choice of a certain construction, but alsovery much the more general different linguistic development that the twolanguages underwent in the course of time.

Contents:

The Beginnings. Towards a Historical Explanation of the Difference betweenEnglish and High German Existential Constructions: Word Order in theHistory of English - The Derivation of the English ETC - Word Order in theHistory of High German - The Derivation of the High German Existentialda-Construction - The Derivation of High German 'es'-Constructions - ETCsin Modern English: Syntactic Classification - Semantic Classification -Pragmatic Approach - The Modern High German Counterparts: The Status of esin ModHG - Syntactic Approach to the High German Counterparts - Semanticand Pragmatic Approaches to the ModHG Counterparts.

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Subject Language(s): English (eng)                             German, Standard (deu)
Written In: English (eng )

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