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Complex Predicates

Verbal Complexes, Resultative Constructions, and Particle Verbs in German

Complex Predicates examines a number of linguistic phenomena—including auxiliary and verb combinations, causative constructions, predicatives, depictive secondary predicates, and particle and verb combinations—and uses scrambling and fronting data to determine that all except the depictive secondary predicates should be treated as complex predicates. Müller’s analysis of inflection and derivation is compatible with syntactical analysis of particle verbs; as a byproduct, it also solves the particle verb bracketing paradox often discussed in the literature.

Table of Contents

1. Background: The German Sentence Structure
2. The Predicate Complex, Control, and Raising
3. Passive
4. Depictive Secondary Predicates
5. Resultative Secondary Predicates
6. Particle Verbs
7. A Comparison with Other Approaches to Complex Predicates
8. Summary
Expression Index
Reverse Expression Index
Name Index
Subject Index

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