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Constraint-Based Approaches to Germanic Syntax

A wealth of research has been conducted on the various linguistic phenomena found in Germanic languages. But these studies were restricted by their use of only one theoretical perspective to analyze one particular language. Inspired by the need to expand the research base of Germanic languages while broadening the empirical coverage of constraint-based linguistic approaches, a handful of researchers are employing various constraint-based theoretical perspectives to study multiple Germanic languages.

This volume begins with an introduction to the recent research performed on Germanic syntax using constraint-based frameworks. It then goes on to investigate the linguistic phenomena found in the grammar of the German and Danish languages. Using such approaches as Lexical-Functional Grammar and Head-Driven Phrase Structure Grammar, contributors shed a different light on theoretical issues addressed by past studies, including semi-free word order, partial front phenomena, and complex predicate formation. While alternative approaches have assumed that meaning (semantics) is dependent on form (syntax), various analyses presented in this volume explore the idea that both form and meaning are equally constitutive for grammatical descriptions.

320 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2001

Studies in Constraint-Based Lexicalism

Language and Linguistics: General Language and Linguistics

Table of Contents

1. Introduction - Tibor Kiss and W. Detmar Meurers
2. On the Cooccurrence of Es with a Finite Clause in German: An LFG Analysis - Judith Berman
3. Splitting PPs from NPs - Kordula De Kuthy
4. An HPSG Analysis of German Wh-Interrogatives - Anke Holler-Feldhaus
5. Linearization and Diathetic Alternations in Danish - Per Anker Jensen and Peter Skadhauge
6. Configurational and Relational Scope Determination in German - Tibor Kiss
7. Resource Sensitivity in the Syntax-Semantics Interface: Evidence from the German Split NP Construction - Jonas Kuhn
8. Case in German: Towards an HPSG Analysis - Stefan Muller
9. On the Left Periphery of German Finite Sentences - Frank Richter and Manfred Sailer
Subject Index
Name Index

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