Syntax of Adjuncts, The. Cambridge Studies in Linguistics: 96. Thomas Ernst

ISBN: 9781280429439

Published: January 1st 2001

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Syntax of Adjuncts, The. Cambridge Studies in Linguistics: 96.  by  Thomas Ernst

Syntax of Adjuncts, The. Cambridge Studies in Linguistics: 96. by Thomas Ernst
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This book proposes a theory of the distribution of adverbial adjuncts in a Principles and Parameters framework, claiming that there are few syntactic principles specific to adverbials- rather, for the most part, adverbials adjoin freely to anyMoreThis book proposes a theory of the distribution of adverbial adjuncts in a Principles and Parameters framework, claiming that there are few syntactic principles specific to adverbials- rather, for the most part, adverbials adjoin freely to any projection. Adjuncts possible hierarchical positions are determined by whether they can receive a proper interpretation, according to their selectional (including scope) requirements and general compositional rules, while linear order is determined by hierarchical position along with a system of directionality principles and morphological weight, both of which apply generally to adjuncts and all other syntactic elements.

A wide range of adverbial types is analyzed- predicational adverbs (such as manner, and modal adverbs), domain expressions like financially, temporal, frequency, duration, and focusing adverbials- participant PPs (e.g. locatives and benefactives)- resultative and conditional clauses, and others, taken primarily from English, Chinese, French, and Italian, with occasional reference to others (such as German and Japanese).



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