Syntax of Dutch

Adjectives and Adjective Phrases

Hans Broekhuis

Hans Broekhuis

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

634 pages | 6 x 9 1/2 | © 2014
Cloth $105.00 ISBN: 9789089645494 Published April 2014 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
A series that aims to define Dutch grammar comprehensively, Syntax of Dutch synthesizes forty years of linguistic scholarship. Concerned primarily with description, this series is written in a direct and lucid style that renders each volume accessible to advanced students and scholars alike. Topics covered in this third volume include complementation and modification of adjective phrases; comparative and superlative formation; and the attributive, predicative, and adverbial uses of adjective phrases.

All together, the series will include seven volumes to be published between 2012 and 2016, each an essential addition to the library of any linguist working with Dutch.
Richard Larson | Stony Brook University
“This project is, by all measures, an extraordinary one, both in conception and execution. To a remarkable degree the Syntax of Dutch project manages to harmonize demands of depth and breadth. In part this appears to be due to the highly systematic approach followed. I believe the Syntax of Dutch project will ultimately become a model for comprehensive grammatical description in the years ahead.”
Contents

Chapter 1 Adjectives: characteristics and classification 3

1.1. Syntactic uses 5

1.2. Inflection 11

1.3. A semantic classification 13

Chapter 2 Projection of adjective phrases I: Complementation 65

2.1. Prepositional complements 66

2.2. Nominal complements 75

2.3. Discontinuous adjective phrases 84

2.4. Pronominalization of the adjective (phrase) 98

Chapter 3 Projection of adjective phrases II: Modification 101

3.1. Modification of scalar adjectives 102

3.2. Modification of absolute adjectives 172

3.3. Negative and affirmative contexts 178

3.4. Pronominalization of the adjective 188

3.5. Special cases 192

Chapter 4 Projection of adjective phrases III: Comparison 203

4.1. Equative, comparative and superlative formation 205

4.2. Syntactic uses of equatives, comparatives and superlatives 244

4.3. Comparison and degree modification 250

4.4. Pronominalization of the adjective 261

Chapter 5 Attributive use of the adjective phrase 265

5.1. Inflection 266

5.2. Attributively used adjectives versus other prenominal elements 280

5.3. Attributively used complex adjective phrases 288

5.4. N-ellipsis 298

5.5. Co-occurring adjectives 312

Chapter 6 Predicative use of the adjective phrase 323

6.1. Logical SUBJECTs 325

6.2. Complementive use of the adjective 329

6.3. Supplementive use of the adjective 360

6.4. Appositive use of the adjective 377

6.5. Clausal SUBJECTS 387

6.6. PP SUBJECTS 411

6.7. AP SUBJECTS 416

Chapter 7 The partitive genitive construction 419

7.1. The structure of the partitive genitive construction 420

7.2. The partitive genitive construction and its constituents 426

7.3. Modification of the adjectival part 450

7.4. Special cases: Iets anders/dergelijks ‘something else/similar’ 456

Chapter 8 Adverbial use of the adjective phrase 463

8.1. The categorial status of adverbs 464

8.2. Modification in the clausal domain: clause and VP adverbs 467

8.3. Modification of adjectival phrases 485

8.4. Modification of adpositional phrases 486

8.5. Modification of the noun (phrase) 491

Chapter 9 Participles and infinitives: their adjectival use 493

9.1. General discussion 494

9.2. Attributive use 501

9.3. Predicative use 528

9.4. The partitive genitive construction 546

9.5. Adverbial use 550

9.6. Modification of (pseudo-)participles and deverbal adjectives 551

Chapter 10 Special Constructions 557

10.2. In het + adjective: In het algemeen ‘In general’ 564

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