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German in Head-Driven Phrase Structure Grammar

These essays apply the syntactic theory of Carl Pollard and Ivan Sag—Head-driven Phrase Structure Grammar (HPSG)—to a formal study and analysis of German grammar. A wide variety of fundamental and well-known phenomena in German grammar are addressed, including the German passive and impersonal passive, various Mittelfeld and Vorfeld word-order phenomena (including auxiliary stacking and the distribution of adjuncts), and the structure of phrasal constituents. Linguistic issues include the treatment of idioms, word-order variation and phrase structure constituency, subcategorization, complementation, argument structure, case assignment, lexical rules, and syntactic ambiguity.

The theoretical background for these essays can be found in Information-Based Syntax and Semantics and Head-Driven Phrase Structure Grammar, both by Pollard and Sag and both available from the University of Chicago Press.

416 pages | 6 x 9 | © 1993

Lecture Notes

Language and Linguistics: Formal Logic and Computational Linguistics, Language Studies, Syntax and Semantics


Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction
1. Linearizing AUXs in German Verbal Complexes
Erhard Hinrichs and Tsuneko Nakazawa
2. Adjuncts in the Mittelfeld
Robert Kasper
3. Obligatory Coherence: The Structure of German Modal Verb Constructions
Tibor Kiss
4. Partial Verb Phrases and Spurious Ambiguities
John Nerbonne
5. Domain Union and Word Order Variation in German
Mike Reape
6. Argument Structure and Case Assignment in German
Wolfgang Heinz and Johannes Matiasek
7. Passives without Lexical Rules
Andreas Kathol
8. Toward a Unified Account of Passive in German
Carl Pollard
9. Towards a Theory of Functional Heads: German Nominal Phrases
Klaus Netter
10. Complement Inheritance as Subcategorization
Dale Gerdemann
11. Idioms and Support Verb Constructions
Brigitte Krenn and Gregor Erbach

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