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Beyond Alternations provides a unified account of the semantic effects of the German applicative ("be-") construction. Using natural data from a variety
of corpora, the authors propose that this pattern is inherently meaningful and that its meaning provides the basis for creative extensions.

149 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2001

Stanford Monographs in Linguistics

Language and Linguistics: Syntax and Semantics

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. An Alternation-Based Account
3. The Constructional Approach
4. The Linking Constructions in Combination
5. The Semantics of the Applicative Pattern
Appendix: Verb Classes
— 1. The Coverage Scenario
— 2. Metaphorical Extensions
— 3. Inference-based Extensions
— 4. Surrounding and Containment
— 5. Removal
— 6. Proximity
— 7. Pseudo-Applicative Participles
— 8. Verbs and Participles that Could not be Assigned to any Class

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