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Author Schäfer, Martin, 1975-
Title Positions and interpretations : German adverbial adjectives at the syntax-semantics interface / by Martin Schäfer.
Imprint Boston : De Gruyter Mouton, 2013.

Series Trends in linguistics. Studies and monographs, 1861-4302 ; 245
Trends in linguistics. Studies and monographs ; 245. 1861-4302
Subject German language -- Verb.
German language -- Adverbials.
German language -- Syntax.
German language -- Semantics.
Grammar, Comparative and general -- Syntax.
Description 1 online resource (xiv, 236 pages) : illustrations.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 223-232) and index.
Contents 1 Introduction; 1 Scope and aim; 2 On adverbials and adjectives; 2.1 Defining adverbials; 2.1.1 Adverbial vs. subject; 2.1.2 Adverbial vs. object; 2.1.3 Adverbial vs. predicative; 2.1.4 Adverbial vs. particle; 2.1.5 Summary; 2.2 Adverbial adjectives; 2.2.1 Adjectives; 2.2.2 Adverbs; 2.2.3 Adjective or adverb?; 2.3 Summary; 3 Basic distinctions; 3.1 Class properties of adverbial adjectives; 3.2 Set-theoretic classifications of adjectives; 3.3 Sentence and non-sentence adverbials; 3.4 Other important semantic properties; 3.4.1 Opacity; 3.4.2 Veridicality; 4 Structure of the book.
2 The readings of sentence adverbials1 Introduction; 2 Subject-oriented adverbials; 2.1 Adverbial adjectives as subject-oriented adverbials; 3 Speaker-oriented adverbials; 3.1 Speech-act adverbials; 3.2 Epistemic adverbials; 3.3 Evaluative adverbials; 4 Domain adverbials; 5 Semantic constraints on possible sentence adverbials; 6 Conclusion; 3 The readings of verb-related adverbials; 1 Introduction; 2 Manner adverbials; 2.1 Introduction; 2.2 Pure manner adverbials; 2.3 Agent-oriented manner adverbials; 2.4 Further orientations; 3 Degree adverbials.
3.1 Contexts and constraints for degree modification3.2 Degree-manner ambiguities; 4 Method-oriented adverbials; 5 Verb-related adverbials and secondary predication; 5.1 Resultatives; 5.2 Ambiguities and blends; 5.3 Depictives; 6 Adverbial adjectives and the verb-adverbial combinatorics; 6.1 Statives that allow manner modification; 6.2 Mannerless statives; 7 Verb-related adverbials and negation; 7.1 Negation, adverbials, and the sentential base; 7.2 Verb-related adverbials with scope over negation; 8 Conclusion; 4 Event-related adverbials; 1 Mental-attitude adverbials.
1.1 Mental-attitude adverbials and opacity1.2 Mental-attitude adverbials vs. secondary predication; 1.3 Transparent adverbials; 1.4 Transparent adverbials, depictives and negation; 2 Event-external adverbials; 2.1 Inchoative readings of schnell and langsam; 2.2 Holistic usages; 2.2.1 Holistic usages and the internal structure of the event; 2.2.2 Quantified direct objects; 2.2.3 Modifiers of complex events; 3 The wobei-paraphrase; 3.1 Wobei vs. während; 3.2 Event-related adverbials and the wobei-paraphrase; 3.2.1 Mental-attitude adverbials and the wobei-paraphrase.
3.2.2 The wobei-paraphrase and event-external modification3.2.3 The wobei-paraphrase and associated readings; 4 Summary; 5 The syntactic position of manner adverbials; 1 Introduction; 2 Establishing syntactic positions; 3 Adverbial modification and information structure; 3.1 Focus projection; 3.2 Adverbials and normal word order; 4 Eckardt's account: Scrambled indefinite direct objects; 4.1 Restricted combinations: Implicit resultatives and verbs of creation; 4.2 The readings of indefinites and topicality; 4.3 In-group readings; 4.4 Problems for Eckardt's account.
Summary The structural and semantic properties of adverbials represent a still poorly understood area of sentential syntax and semantics in Germanic languages. The volume gives a detailed overview of the system of adverbial adjectives in German, linking the different types of adverbial usages to different syntactic positions and providing formal derivations for the different usages. The book is of interest not only to anyone working on the linguistics of German but also to all linguists investigating the syntax-semantics interface.
Note In English.
ISBN 9783110278286 (electronic bk.)
3110278286 (electronic bk.)
3110276445 (vol. 245)
9783110276442 (vol. 245)
9783110276442 (vol. 245)
ISBN/ISSN 10.1515/9783110278286
OCLC # 857080740
Additional Format Print version: Schäfer, Martin. Positions and Interpretations : German Adverbial Adjectives at the Syntax-Semantics Interface. Berlin : De Gruyter, ©2013 9783110276442